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please let me push that chair in...

How can I curb the (rather desperate) urge to tidy up? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Apr 25, 2012 - 19 answers

 

Help! My arts organization lost its key funding

I'm on the board of an arts organization that is in a funding emergency. I'm looking for suggestions of ways to raise money for our organization in a hurry - we've lost funding we were counting on and will lose our paid staff if we can't come up with some answers in a hurry. Why anon? Going public with the degree we're in trouble may make things worse. Details: we're a convening/connecting organization that facilitates other arts organizations and individual artists/musicians/creatives activities. We do some programming and help other organizations and individuals develop their programming and artistic careers. Most organizations like us are funded by supporting organizations and or a small percentage tax but we weren't set up that way and all arts organizations in our region - shoot the whole country - are struggling. Throwaway email: arts.org61@ymail.com [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2012 - 13 answers

I HAVE THE POWER!

Help me become more powerful than you can possibly imagine. [more inside]
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Mixed marriages

What are your strategies for maintaining sanity in relationships where one person is much more organized/a planner than the other -- from the perspective of the more disorganized partner? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Going paperless at home. Need a software to organize all digital documents

I am going paperless at home and I need some program that will take care of digitized stuff with tagging. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Apr 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Analyzing Meeting Minutes

What are some good books or articles that have used an organization's meeting minutes as a main source of data?
posted by Jagz-Mario on Apr 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Alternative to Citypockets deal voucher tracking site?

How do I keep track of my myriad Groupon-type vouchers? Citypockets was perfect for this, but it's shutting down. Am I doomed to spreadsheets forever? [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Apr 6, 2012 - 2 answers

Method for systematic thinking/problem solving? Business, personal, institutional.

Method for systematic thinking/problem solving? Business, personal, institutional. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on Mar 31, 2012 - 9 answers

I still feel like a wizard every time...

I fold my t-shirts like this. Lately, though, I've acquired a lot of long-sleeved thermals that I like to wear. Is there a comparable method of folding long-sleeved shirts? If not, what's your favorite quick and consistent long-sleeved-shirt folding method? (Extra points if it also works for bulkier stuff like sweaters and sweatshirts.)
posted by naturalog on Mar 18, 2012 - 7 answers

How to organize a Library (of books)?

How can I organize a whole lot of (8000ish) fiction books in a children's library? If alphabetized under genre is the best way, how can I clearly and easily instruct others to figure out the genre of all the books and which genres should I use? And what should I do about all the hundreds of very skinny emergent reader books? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers on Mar 18, 2012 - 13 answers

File organization for fools

How can I rename all of my files with the same prefix? Specifics inside [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Mar 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Recycling Draaaaama

Apartment building recycling bin drama. [more inside]
posted by annie o on Mar 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Best Way To Organize Podcasts Through iTunes?

Help me organize podcasts through iTunes... [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 2, 2012 - 16 answers

How to recover from Picasa hostile takeover

If I could punch myself, I would. Clicked too fast and our beautifully organized Windows Live Photo Gallery has been emptied into Picasa. DO NOT WANT!!! Is there a site out there that will walk me through zeroing out and disabling Picasa and getting my old setup restored? [more inside]
posted by clever sheep on Feb 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Shared media and backup for 3 macbooks

In my house, we have three macbooks and one external hard drive full of media. Please help me figure out a system for sharing the hard drive, setting up a media server, and wireless backup. [more inside]
posted by Nickel on Feb 26, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I stop losing my keys and phone?

How can I stop losing my keys and phone? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Feb 21, 2012 - 42 answers

Is there a way to visually organize database tables (and saved queries and views)?

I have a wonderful (Oracle) SQL database and I use Navicat Lite to crunch around in it. My problem is that I'm staring at lists of 50+ tables, 60+ saved queries, 10+ views, etc. Is there anything I can do to somehow organise things in a visually pleasing and/or functional way? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Please teach me how to become organized.

I feel hopelessly disorganized as I become more aware of what “organized” looks like, and I have no vision for how to change. I'm studying to be a teacher, and I have so many different interrelated resources for my own learning as well as for teaching, and they are piling up in random places. My computer desktop is abysmal. I'd like a meaningful and structured method of organization. How do I get from where I am now (chaos) to a system for storing papers, and proper naming conventions for files? And most importantly, as teachers are in the constant process of being inspired, collecting things and creating output of various forms, I need a semblance of a workflow to keep me afloat! My apologies in advance for over thinking this and making it perhaps more complicated than in has to be. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

24 drawings per second x 60 seconds per minute = one huge mess!

What's a good system for keeping lots of papers visible, without spreading them all over the desk, and without pushpins? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Organizing software

I need a good software tool to organize all my trips to conventions. [more inside]
posted by Techbear on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

What are some good software solutions to help organize a small personal library?

I am looking for a software solution to help organize a small personal library. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho on Jan 24, 2012 - 12 answers

How do you track & use ideas from your previous sketch books, journals & diaries?

For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah on Jan 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Turn my binder collection into electronic gold!

I want to compile and organize hard copies of recipes, craft projects, and other household things into something electronic - not particular about if local computer (Mac, OS 10.7) or cloud-based. Bonus points if accessible from multiple devices (computer, iphone, ipad, etc.). What solutions should I consider? [more inside]
posted by southpaw on Dec 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Finding scraps of good data in a sea of irrelevancy

I was recently placed in charge of a large database which is probably 90% irrelevant information. What should my plan of action be for cleaning it up? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Dec 19, 2011 - 16 answers

How to pitch myself to a startup?

I am a marketing professional - middle management in an enormous media conglomerate. I would like to shift my work environment and infrastructure completely and work for a startup that is currently staffed only with technical experts, programmers, scientists and a small sales force. How do I pitch myself to be part of a company that doesn't have any people who do what I do yet? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 - 5 answers

And then there were none.

Knowing full well I will be pilloried for this: We have a library at work (13,000 mostly-technical books and about 100 active periodical subscriptions, 200 users), but the 1 full-time librarian will retire in 2012 and a new hire is not going to happen ... What's next? (please read the questions inside) [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Dec 8, 2011 - 12 answers

How can I get boring daily activities out of the way more efficiently?

I want to spend less time and effort on "maintenance" activities. What are some good not-widely-known methods, or (cheap/small) products, to get this stuff done more quickly and get back to the more interesting parts of your day? (Examples in the extended explanation...) [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Nov 28, 2011 - 25 answers

How to develop work ethic after your academic confidence has taken a beating

Smart people who did badly in college - how did you regain your footing and develop your work ethic and study skills? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Nov 20, 2011 - 21 answers

Smart Office Not So Damned Smart?

You know that trend a while back towards 'smart offices'? I think that's what it was called -- you know, when nobody has their own desk, and they just snag their laptop and go sit anywhere and somehow they are magically more creative and productive as a result? I'm having trouble Googling up trip reports: can you help me out with links to stories and research about experiences in implementing it (or your own personal experience)? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Nov 10, 2011 - 21 answers

Free/Low-cost project management software?

What free/low-cost project management system do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Nov 9, 2011 - 11 answers

These German historians would to like follow orders!

I'm writing a paper that involves reading forty articles by about thirty different historians. Their biographical details are relevant. I'd like to be able to enter information about these articles and their authors into a database (or something similar) and then be able to sort by the various categories, link entries together, easily have lists of all of the people or articles who fit a given criterium, et cetera. What should I use? Free or cheap, OSX-compatible, relatively low learning curve.
posted by naturalog on Nov 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How can I set up a schedule for everything in my life?

I need help scheduling my life -- figuring out daily, weekly, and monthly chores, maintenance schedules, etc. What are some resources or tips for putting a useful (and ideally more permanent) structure on my time? What should that structure look like? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Oct 26, 2011 - 14 answers

What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well?

What are websites that handle the user interface and/or the organization of large amounts of video content well? [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Oct 21, 2011 - 1 answer

Group Decision Processes for Relationship and Family Planning

Group Decision Processes for Relationship and Family Planning-Filter: How do you discuss and organize all the variables that go into making important life decisions with your partner? [more inside]
posted by pollex on Oct 17, 2011 - 16 answers

ADHD hacks

What is the single thing, aside from medication, that has helped you most with your ADHD/chronic disorganization? [more inside]
posted by granted on Oct 16, 2011 - 27 answers

How do you save your various web links you find every day?

How do you save your various web links you find every day from Google Reader and Twitter for the long term? [more inside]
posted by hazyspring on Oct 8, 2011 - 16 answers

Give me a crash course in knowledge management

I get to do a huge reorganization of my department's computer file system. Problem 1: I know almost nothing about knowledge management. Problem 2: I've only been with the department for five months. Do you have good resources for helping me get up to speed with knowledge management/information science best practices? Please share your experiences doing this kind of project. Reading previous AskMe's it looks like I might need sources about information science? [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Oct 6, 2011 - 14 answers

It’s an organizer, a memory and an old friend.

I need wallet suggestions -- details inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Oct 6, 2011 - 22 answers

Nutrionist for the in-shape but disorganized?

How does an average Joe go about hiring a nutritionist/dietitian? (And can he even afford one?) [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Oct 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Organise my paralysing anxiety, please

How can I be organised and productive without becoming overwhelmed? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Oct 3, 2011 - 6 answers

good looking filing cabinets?

Is there such a thing as a nice-looking filing cabinet? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Sep 29, 2011 - 7 answers

How to organize papers for civil litigation

Lawyers, how do you organize your papers? I'm a pro se litigant in federal civil case looking not for legal advice but for organizational tips... [more inside]
posted by cgs06 on Sep 25, 2011 - 12 answers

V, I've got. Let's do M and maybe I'll end up with a C.

I'm learning PHP and MySQL, trying to work from scratch before I ramping up to a framework. I've installed a templating system, just to play with it, so my templating/view logic feels well-organized. But how do I organize the other simple DB query code so it's more MVC-ish? [more inside]
posted by circular on Sep 13, 2011 - 17 answers

How can I manage my depression without no organization?

How can I, as a supremely unorganized (and deaf) person, manage my depression so that I can finally finish my studies in time (deadline: early 2013)? [more inside]
posted by sparrowspike on Sep 11, 2011 - 6 answers

iPod Calendar duplicates Google Calendar events when I change them!

I use Google Calendar with the iPod's Calendar app. Whenever I change what calendar an event is found in (from School to Work, for example), it does so successfully on the iPod, but the next time I log in to Google Calendar, that event is in both calendars. How do I keep it from duplicating like this?
posted by dubadubowbow on Sep 8, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me learn to work faster and more efficiently

So I got some new responsibilities at my company (great!) but I am so slow at the new work it's dragging my day out too long and affecting my productivity with my existing work. Help me learn to be faster and end my long workdays before they end me. [more inside]
posted by Fire on Sep 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Surely I'm not the first person with this problem

Help me come up with a storage mechanism for my jewelry. [more inside]
posted by Phire on Sep 5, 2011 - 27 answers

Merit badges for grown ups?

I was a Boy Scout as a youth. What similar opportunities – for personal, skill, and leadership development – are there for adults? [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome on Aug 24, 2011 - 17 answers

How do I search through a file of many documents?

What's the best way to search and/or organize a file of CVs in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Aug 22, 2011 - 2 answers

idea toothpaste is killing me

What are your tricks for getting your ideas out of your head and down onto paper or the screen? [more inside]
posted by canine epigram on Aug 16, 2011 - 9 answers

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