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Have yourself a pleasant end of year period

I'm trying to think about what to do for the Christmas-New Years-Early January Birthday period this year. Every year I get stressed out and exhausted thinking about all the planning buying all the presents, doing all the cleaning & decorating and such that I don't really get around to anything and the actual days in question are kind of let downs. Then I feel regret and wish I could get a re-do. Trying to avoid it all this year. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by bleep on Oct 22, 2016 - 11 answers

App or something to keep me on a schedule?

I would like to have more time-based structure in my working day. Like, 8-9am is for email, 9-12 is for today's tasks, etc. But I don't have a good sense of time, so I forget that I should be switching from email to tasks in about 5 minutes, for example. I also get distracted easily, so I go research something to answer an email and end up doing something completely different, forgetting I'm supposed to be answering emails right now. Is there (a Windows 8 or Android) app for that? [more inside]
posted by gakiko on Sep 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Winter is Coughing (planning ahead for illness)

I usually get a cold or two each winter, and as a single person try to plan ahead for keeping myself comfortable when ill. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Sep 12, 2016 - 27 answers

What would you do in my situation (regarding career and life decisions)?

It seems for years I have been unhappy because I have a lot of drive to do something with my life, but for the love of God I just can't settle into a direction. I am currently in university taking a pre-masters to go into urban planning but I just feel like I don't really know what I'm doing or if I will like it. I am curious if others have been in a similiar situation before and if so how did they find their way? Also if you could read my extended explanation and tell me what you would do in my situation or offer any advice I would love to hear it. [more inside]
posted by oracleia on Sep 8, 2016 - 17 answers

It's Like Herding Cats

How do I get a group of women together once a month for a game night when everyone has varying degrees of responsiveness? [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on Aug 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Exercise Planning

I recently bought a meal plan subscription where once a week you get a grocery list, 5ish recipes to batch cook, and then dinners for each day of the week that come together in about 15ish min or less, based on the food you batch-cooked. This has been a godsend for me. I want the same thing, but for exercise. [more inside]
posted by Fig on Aug 10, 2016 - 19 answers

Can you help the graphically challenged?

I need to create an easy visualization of some data and then overlay it on top of a map. Without resorting to coloring on tracing paper, can you help me with a digital solution? [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Jul 28, 2016 - 4 answers

The doctor will (not) see you now

I met a guy in November who lives a mile away but works more than half the time on the East Coast. When I'm with him, it's great. He's great. But he's also a top surgeon in a demanding specialty at an understaffed hospital AND he's disorganized and bad at making plans. When he's out East, he's working 16 hours (often more), exhausted, and there's a 2-hour time difference. I get sweet texts and an occasional phone call. When he's "home," he's consulting, flying off to speak at conferences, and trying to see his college-aged children. [more inside]
posted by SockPuppetOfShame on Jun 26, 2016 - 30 answers

Toddler Safety at a Lakefront Vacation Rental House

Please suggest tips and gear for keeping an active toddler safe for a week's vacation at a lakefront rental house. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jun 16, 2016 - 35 answers

quitting job to day trade for a living, Need Advice

male, 43 yrs old, married with two kids (7 and 2), the only wage earner in the family. i know this step is incredibly risky and probably selfish too, but i am tired of my job and don't see a future even assuming i finally climb to the top of my career track. figure this is probably my last chance to do sth i would remember on my death bed. details below [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Jun 3, 2016 - 141 answers

Unused backyard spot. Level of difficulty: shade & chickens

There's an eyesore of a barren area, about 2m,5 x 2,5m (8ft x 8ft), in my backyard. I want to do something about it. Challenge #1: part of the area is permanently shaded. Challenge #2: I have two free-range chickens eager to eat everything tender and green. [more inside]
posted by sively on May 31, 2016 - 10 answers

Travel Planning Tool?

What travel planning tool do you use and recommend? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on May 26, 2016 - 8 answers

So many choices!! How to handle

I'm moving to the city with potentially the most choices of anywhere in the world (NYC). I'm anxious planner who spends 15 minutes a day figuring out where to eat lunch. Help me whittle my choices down on a daily and long term basis so I don't get stressed out by the experience. Types of choices include event, food, drink, attraction decisions.
posted by sandmanwv on Apr 18, 2016 - 19 answers

Excel Wizards, Help Me Make My Dream Calendar

Hi! I an Excel novice surrounded by fellow novices and I need help with what looks like an unexpectedly difficult setup. I make a comprehensive calendar of activities and events for a retirement home every month. This takes most of a month to plan and transcribe, and is tedious and error-prone. I want to make something better. Assume I am smart but have little programming knowledge or power user experience. [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex on Apr 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Enterprise Architecture (I think) Starting from Scratch

If you were starting a brand new small college computer infrastructure, where would you start? [more inside]
posted by PHINC on Mar 30, 2016 - 11 answers

Vacation destination with (max) 6 hours drive of Virginia?

Vacation Filter: Help us decide where to go on vacation for a week in May within 4-6 hours drive north of the Virginia/MD state line? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Mar 25, 2016 - 17 answers

Help us make a master list of weeknight recipes!

What are your recipes for weeknight meals? What do you have for dinner that you make yourself in a relatively short amount of time and/or with relatively little effort? Help us figure out a variety of dinners to put on a meal-planning list! [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Mar 9, 2016 - 77 answers

Financially planning?

Like a lot of people, my household has debt. We also have income. Neither is out of the ordinary or extra special but I'm wanting to know if I've planned appropriately. Is that something a financial planner does, which seems way overkill, or am I looking for someone else? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Mar 2, 2016 - 14 answers

How best to invite people to events but put a limit on # of attendees?

I'm interested in scheduling regular, artsy-fartsy outings with a select group of sweet people, but I (maybe) want to limit the number of attendees, because we're mostly introverts and I'd like the events to be kind of intimate. Like dates for 3-4 people who might not know each other, but I imagine could be fast friends. What are some online tools that can facilitate this? [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas on Jan 23, 2016 - 5 answers

Money Tracking

I'm planning a frugal year to try and get ahead of some debts and hopefully generate a bit of savings. In aid of this I'd like to produce monthly reports of income and outgoings. Could you advise me on good software to track spending, input receipts etc. etc. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jan 18, 2016 - 15 answers

Going to China. What should I do when I'm not working?

I will be in China for two weeks, from April 18th to May 5th, for work. Help me plan what to do/see/explore when I'm on my own time. [more inside]
posted by Marinara on Jan 13, 2016 - 5 answers

cost of producing a continuing ed program?

I'm on a committee that is being asked for a grant of $10,000 to produce a 3-hour continuing education program for lawyers. The venue is free of charge, and the speakers will be members of the bar association sponsoring it, so I assume they are not charging either. The bar will not charge admission; they will make the program streamable from their website. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle on Nov 16, 2015 - 5 answers

How to find the charting methods I don't know about?

I have been a big fan of mind mapping for almost 20 years now, and within the last 5 years started drawing flowcharts for use in my business planning processes. Recently I've taken to using gantt charts, too. I choose to hand-draw all three most of the time, and I get a lot of enjoyment out of it. So what are some other types of charts out there that I don't know about, that could be useful? Is there a catalog of visual language out there that I should know about, where all these different kinds of charts are listed?
posted by circular on Nov 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Tips for finding an affordable financial planner

What are some good things to look for in a financial planner? Any recommendations that might seem like a fit in the Atlanta, GA, area (or elsewhere)? Please see below for details. [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 on Nov 6, 2015 - 4 answers

Your mission, should you choose to accept it....

For my dad's birthday, I am planning to take him to dinner and a movie--the new James Bond. I am planning to make him a whole mission dossier, like something 007 would get. I was already planning to have him meet me at a rendezvous point (the restaurant) with Moneypenny (my mom) where he would have to...hand off...something? To get the tickets? What fun details can I add to his mission? What Bond-y items might I want to include? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes on Nov 4, 2015 - 15 answers

Is collaboration possible when planning dates for wedding stuff?

This is basically an "am I being reasonable or should I just stfu" question. My sister and I are both getting married within the next 24 months (she wanted a long engagement to plan an elaborate wedding; I'm having a long engagement because she doesn't want me to get married before her) and already we are running into problems re: expectations for travel, spending, and scheduling. [more inside]
posted by witchen on Sep 10, 2015 - 37 answers

How do I even wedding?

It's been a few years since the 2nd edition of weddings for dummies on the green, so I'm here to ask for the 3rd edition, I guess. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Sep 10, 2015 - 28 answers

Travel Life Lessons

I consider myself a fairly savvy traveler yet one who still makes noob mistakes that end up costing me disproportionately in either in time, money, or enjoyment simply because I didn’t know better. Although I’ve gotten better with each trip, it leaves me wondering what easy changes I still have left to make that can boost my travel skills without having to learn them the hard way? Bonus points for recommendations that take advantage of a smart phone! [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian on Sep 5, 2015 - 29 answers

How do I start reseraching extended European ski vacation logistics?

I'm about to take a work sabbatical for 6 months starting January 2016. I would like to spend 3 of those months on mainland Europe. I want to spend at least a couple months skiing nearly everyday. I'm open to going pretty much anywhere in Europe. I'm just looking for any recommendations to get started in my googling. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Sep 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me find retirement therapists/counselors

An elderly relative of mine is retiring within the next few years. Help me find a therapist/counselor to help them through this transition. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Sep 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Planning Ahead - Tools, Planners & Apps

I have a portfolio career. I run my own creative business and I am busy - this is good! Help me organise my life so I can sleep AND also pay bills AND do fun, awesome things. I often find I have agreed to do several awesome things over a very short period of time. I use Google Calendar to manage my commitments, but clearly it does not provide me with enough of an overview to avoid things colliding. So, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by kariebookish on Sep 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Non-heternormative financial planning

Can you refer me to blogs, books, or other information on planning one's personal finances for the mid- to long-term that does not assume the traditional route of marriage, children, and supporting a family? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Aug 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Stair Fixings

I am (probably foolishly) building a set of stairs. I haven't done this before. Could you help me not miss out any bits I need. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Aug 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Help me accomplish my creative and personal goals through planning

What are some ways in which I can organize and plan so that I can accomplish my creative goals? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Aug 15, 2015 - 8 answers

An urban planning tour of SF, Portland, and Seattle

I'm a young, aspiring urban planner, and over the next month my friend and I will be driving from San Francisco to Portland and then to Seattle. What should I see in these cities that will be interesting from a planner's/social justice/sustainability perspective? [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Aug 14, 2015 - 20 answers

What's the non-fiction writing process like?

I just finished reading Siddhartha Mukherjee's The Emperor of All Maladies, and I realized I don't really understand, at all, what's involved in writing a book like that. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Aug 7, 2015 - 7 answers

Gluten free menu planning

As a newly diagnosed Celiac person with few cooking skills and on a budget I'm interested in sites that create GF menu plannings for a week or even a month. If it comes with shopping lists and cooking instructions for the food challenged so much the better. Does this exist? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Where have all the off-ramps gone?

I commute on Central Expressway (County Route G6) between Santa Clara and Palo Alto CA daily and have a question as to it's history.... [more inside]
posted by Mr.Me on Jun 12, 2015 - 4 answers

Traveling to the other side of the planet: pitstops?

I'm trying to plan a trip to Sri Lanka with a pit stop on the way back to California, but due to work/ family stress (nothing unmanageable) I feel like I'm getting bogged down in the details. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on May 29, 2015 - 5 answers

Need help making plans for my possible death

I am making plans for my loved ones in case I die. I know the coroner will take my body away, but I'm afraid there will be an awful mess left behind. How do other people handle this? I don't want my loved ones to have to clean it up. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on May 22, 2015 - 16 answers

Abroad, then the return?

Can you provide anecdotes, books, resources that can help us with our mental and actual planning on moving abroad for several years? Specifically on the "what happens when we go home?" part of the equation. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on May 8, 2015 - 2 answers

suggestions/recommendations for a 2 day company gathering?

I need ideas for a company gathering in the summer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 1, 2015 - 1 answer

Host Liquor Liability Insurance

In the midst of wedding planning and I am not sure how to resolve this particular issue. We finally found and booked a venue that we like and where we could bring in an outside caterer. Our caterer happens to be a BYO restaurant. Our venue allows us to serve alcohol but requires proof of insurance. Particularly, Host Liquor Liability insurance for $500,000. Since the caterer is a BYO, he does not have this coverage. How do I go about getting the required insurance? I know there are third party insurance providers. Is this where I should turn to? [Located in Philadelphia, the venue is a township owned building, the wedding date in Summer 2015]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Apr 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Digital solutions for planning out complicated logistics?

I work as a project coordinator for a research study. Managing the movement of staff and equipment has turned into a logic puzzle that is increasingly hurting my brain. I am looking to find software that could help me manage who and what goes where. [more inside]
posted by bowbeacon on Apr 10, 2015 - 4 answers

What cities, towns or regions have pursued a visionary goal?

I am looking for examples of cities, towns or regions (but especially smaller towns or regions with less than 25,000 population) that have set singular visionary goals for themselves, and have made significant progress in that direction. Links appreciated. [more inside]
posted by beagle on Apr 10, 2015 - 24 answers

What are some audio resources on gentrification and new urbanism?

I'm interesting in better understanding the roots of gentrification (on both a historical level and a systemic level) and what some of the ways that new urbanists, activists, community groups and city planners are working to make cities and small towns more equitable. I know its much more complex than "rich people move in and push the poor out." [more inside]
posted by minicloud on Apr 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Got accepted to a confrence in Kraków, add some vacation...now what?

I've been accepted to a conference in Kraków, Poland in the first week of July. I've decided to add some vacation on the end. However, I've never travelled outside North America before, and am not really sure how to go about getting started. Plane tickets, insurance, route planning, picking where to go, eep! [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Mar 31, 2015 - 16 answers

Personal scheduling app/program that will schedule my day for me?

I have a lot of things I want to do during my day, but I get overwhelmed by to-do lists. Is there a program that can manage them for me so I don't have to think about it? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Mar 26, 2015 - 4 answers

High Performing Software Teams

Awesome software engineering managers, what has made you successful? I am working with a Dev manager and my gut tells me our process is broken and teams are not working to their potential. The current manager is spouting the benefits of Kanban and has removed any of the normal Agile stuff ( storypoints, retros, sprints ). Last quarter they completely missed on the Roadmap and the team seems disengaged. Leadership is scared to lose talent and is coddling our engineering team. Help me instill a lightweight process and culture than gets results and keeps people happy. What is working for you?
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 11, 2015 - 13 answers

Good software for laying out a wedding?

We have booked a big room for our wedding, and I would like to produce a professional looking room plan. Any suggestions for good software? What do event planners use? I have experience with drafting software but only expensive programs like AutoCAD that I don't currently have access to. Mac or PC is fine.
posted by smackfu on Feb 10, 2015 - 11 answers

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