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How can you NOT plan ahead?

My husband is driving me up the wall. He has always shown a reluctance to make a plan for anything, but I love planning stuff (trips, etc) so it's never come to be a huge issue. Except for now. [more inside]
posted by checkitnice on Mar 13, 2013 - 47 answers

Best use of time before starting a Doctoral program?

So I got accepted to my doctoral program (vet med - yay!). Before it begins in August, how can I best use my time between now and then? Looking mainly for non-obvious stuff (work, save money, sleep, etc). Any other general tips for surviving the program would be gladly accepted.
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 1, 2013 - 8 answers

Drawing showing bonus FAR on a real building.

In New York, and many other cities, developers can build bigger buildings than would otherwise be allowed, as long as they provide amenities such as parks, schools, affordable housing, etc. I want to show students how this works by providing a photo or drawing of a real building, annotated to show how much of the height is due to these bonuses. For example, a drawing of a 50 story building, where the first 30 floors are unannotated, but then 30-35 are labeled "plaza," 35-40 "affordable housing units," 40-45 "subway entrance" and so on. I want it to be from a real building, and clear enough to show via a projector. I'm surprised this doesn't already exist, but I've done plenty of searching and can't find it.
posted by lenore on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

I get a check on Friday, but it's already spent.

I'm desperately trying to become an adult (finally!), but I can't wrap my head around 'classic' budgeting software. Suggestions and tips to find what I really need? [more inside]
posted by hanov3r on Feb 14, 2013 - 28 answers

What makes a conference memorable and fun?

I would like to hear about the little things that really stood out and details you still remember to this day from conferences or conventions in any field. [more inside]
posted by nathaole on Feb 12, 2013 - 26 answers

Balancing career and adventure.

My friends are all prepping for careers, and I'm wondering how I'll balance mine with the many things I want to do that are (probably) mutually exclusive. Looking for insight. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Jan 27, 2013 - 10 answers

How can I use reference class forecasting at work?

My office delivers projects - about thirty a year, about four months each, give or take a few weeks if they go well. They're always late, but when planning the next project, we use the same optimistic assumptions. I think reference class forecasting (RCF) could help. Any pointers for (or links to a crash course in) using RCF to turn a spreadsheet full of historical start / end dates and milestones into more accurate forecasts? Or is this something best left to a math geek?
posted by obiwanwasabi on Jan 26, 2013 - 1 answer

It's the small blue journal in my second desk drawer down

If you keep a diary or other secret papers, do you have a plan for what happens to it if something happens to you? [more inside]
posted by dawkins_7 on Jan 5, 2013 - 25 answers

Help me stay sane while I try to plan lessons!

Teacher Filter: Increasing the efficiency of creating lesson plans [more inside]
posted by Peregrin5 on Jan 1, 2013 - 11 answers

Ideas for a singles event?

Looking for activity ideas for a singles night in a small restaurant. What doesn't make you cringe? [more inside]
posted by ceiba on Dec 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Does this site already exist?

in my mind i envision a website where you put your departing airport and the site pulls together current last-minutes deals to all sorts of destinations [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Dec 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Analysis software for event planners?

I'm an event planner. How do I analyze my events? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Nov 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Please help me brainstorm around this flurry of snowflakey meal requirements

Help me add new dishes to the menu. Difficult level: kosher-style, pescaphobic, non-dairy, mushroom hater. [more inside]
posted by bq on Nov 27, 2012 - 17 answers

university media planning for an early career researcher?

I was asked to consider teaching for a couple of days at a university here in the UK which is great. But I have zero experience in creating lessons plans. I have found some useful free-to-use lesson plans online that I am tailoring but I can't seem to get an indication of what I should provide to the university department leaders in advance. Should I only send the lesson plan and readings? Should I omit readings from what I send my future bosses? Help me make a proposal map so I can sort it all out for the future! It's a media studies department FWIW.
posted by parmanparman on Nov 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Make my daughter POTUS someday

What does a 9-year-old need to do now to become President of the United States? [more inside]
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse on Oct 25, 2012 - 53 answers

I guess we can't get married in a cardboard box.

Help two budget wedding dorks make the most of appointments, touring venues, etc. What questions do we need to ask in person? How do we get it all done in a weekend? Can we get discounts on entry fees for looking at all these places? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Oct 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me maximize the awesomeness of this trip

I am taking a trip to Salem (MA) this weekend with several friends. The general goal is to have lunch together and see some of the cheesy haunted house attractions. What else should we see while we are there? Are there any non-cheesy attractions that are simply too good to be missed? [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Oct 8, 2012 - 15 answers

What's that Wedding Planning Movie?

What's that movie? filter: I'm looking for the title of a classic movie where a couple plans a wedding and it makes everyone unhappy. [more inside]
posted by petiteviolette on Oct 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Who to tell and where to go in early pregnancy?

Two linked questions about early pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2012 - 17 answers

Please help me organize my family reunion

I've somehow been tasked with organizing a family reunion for my HUGE family. There could be up to 75 people there if everyone comes with spouses/SOs and kids. I plan large events for work and have done travel events like this (bachelorette parties, ski weekends) for smaller groups, but this is a real challenge for a group this large. Advice? [more inside]
posted by deliciae on Oct 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Long shortcuts

Tell me your recipes that get much easier with a little bit of advance planning! I like cold-brew coffee and this recipe for hash browns, not just because they're tasty, but because they're less work than regular coffee or hash browns, as long as I remember to do a tiny bit of preparation the night before. What else is like that? (If you have some non-food tips that fit the theme, that's good too...)
posted by moonmilk on Oct 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Please help me organize my entire life.

Launching a freelance career, starting a training program and planning a wedding. Please help me get organized before my life spins out of control. [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

discipline for on-schedule creativity

How do you set yourself up for maximum success when starting a creative project that requires consistent production? Or: I have to create multiple radio pieces a week! How do I best prepare myself to get out there and make them? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 10, 2012 - 3 answers

Good Masters Programs in Urban Planning?

What are some good MA programs in Urban planning in the US? With emphasis on working from the architectural side on large scale developments, particularly in relation to tourism. [more inside]
posted by pynchonesque on Aug 19, 2012 - 5 answers

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies?

How the hell do I teach sixth grade social studies? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Aug 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Hey kids, lying is bad...

So I'm thinking it's a bad idea to include a chapter by Jonah Lehrer in my college's first-year experience course, given that it would be placed right after our discussion on academic dishonesty. Can you help me think of a replacement? [more inside]
posted by bizzyb on Aug 6, 2012 - 11 answers

The ultimate first-world problem

I'm a young person with no debt and a pile of money to invest. The catch: I'm not real confident about the long-term health of the US economy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 25 answers

The knot is tying me in knots

Help me find a wedding planning website. Tried 'theknot.com' and I can't get past how disorganized & visually chaotic it is. [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Jul 16, 2012 - 11 answers

How do you manage anxiety and indecision when it comes to timeliness and scheduling?

How do you manage anxiety and indecision when it comes to timeliness and scheduling? [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette on Jul 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Because binders solve all woes, even weddings

Help me put together a wedding planning binder for a friend! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending?

How can I teach myself feng shui? Any books worth recommending? [more inside]
posted by jpritcha on Jun 30, 2012 - 3 answers

Need a toll calculator, plz.

How can I determine tolls along a route from Rhode Island to the Midwest? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Jun 18, 2012 - 11 answers

How can I organise my work day more effectively?

I have a lot of autonomy in my job, along with a lot of responsibility. How can I get better at organizing my working patterns so that I get everything done, without always worrying that I should be working on some other task instead? Looking for recommendations for tactics, mindsets, books, apps, or whatever's worked for you. [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Jun 13, 2012 - 6 answers

What's a good mindset/approach for developing a workout routine?

I'm in okay shape, but fitness and athleticism don't come naturally to me at all. Gyms are weird and stressful. Any advice on the best way to think about and develop a good workout routine? [more inside]
posted by whymog on May 21, 2012 - 19 answers

Web/mobile app for planning adventures with friends.

Looking for a web/mobile app for planning adventures with friends. [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on May 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Help my audience avoid having to choose me over the Giants.

How do really good and thorough event planners find dates with the fewest conflicts? I am in San Francisco, planning music events, and would love to find a comprehensive calendar including major festivals, concerts, bridge closures, naked marathons, sporting events, etc. Failing a comprehensive calendar, what main Bay Area calendar resources would you use?
posted by purplefiber on May 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Urban Plannin'

I'm looking to make the jump from the public sector to perhaps a career in urban planning. Can you share your experience with me? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Traveling to Everest

Everest base camp! [more inside]
posted by graventy on Apr 27, 2012 - 1 answer

Planning a Non-Wedding Reception

Help me plan a 10-year anniversary party (to be on par with a wedding reception) for my boyfriend and myself. Specifically, what might our guests expect from the evening? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 on Apr 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Working around the world, how to plan for retirement?

My job is contract based, and tends to lead me around the world. How does one plan for retirement with such a job? [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

If I don't know what the future looks like, how can I plan ahead?

Tools for visualizing the interim steps of long-term goals, when there's no established model for the long term goal? Longer description inside. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Apr 20, 2012 - 6 answers

How to plan a trip to Paris

I'm planning a trip to Paris from Boston for my family (wife, 3 girls 13, 11, 9) sometime over the summer. I don't know what I'm doing. How do I find the least expensive flights? Are there tricks to knowing when to leave and return? e.g. are there travel days that get better rates; leave on a Wednesday and return on Monday for cheapest flights? What's the minimum number of days we should stay to make it worth the trip? I was thinking 5-6 days. Is July better than August in Paris? Do you have a favorite place to stay while in Paris? hotel? b&b? youth hostel? Thank you!
posted by GernBlandston on Apr 20, 2012 - 21 answers

Planning maternity leave: lump sum or gradual payout?

Maternity leave: did you space yours out over a year (if your place of employment offers that option)? How did it go? Did you regret not taking it all up front, or were there real hidden benefits? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Apr 11, 2012 - 18 answers

Is abundance better than variety?

How many varieties of tiny bite-sized dessert cakes should I offer if I want to serve 20 people? (Limitation: I can only buy 70 pieces.) [more inside]
posted by parilous on Mar 13, 2012 - 23 answers

Help give me some ideas for my Game of Thrones Potluck Season 2 premiere party!!!

I'm planning a party for the Game of Thrones premiere on April 1st, we're planning on doing a potluck, using the show as a theme for the dishes. I have already found several sites or blogs dedicated to recipes of dishes mentioned in the books. But if you do have a good recipe, please feel free to share it as well!! [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Mar 12, 2012 - 28 answers

I'm going to be rich...assemble my staff.

I want to be prepared (tongue-in-cheek) for when I win 300+ million dollars in the Powerball lottery. The moment my winning numbers are selected, what kind of staff should I assemble to handle the $$$, protect my family's safety, and maintain the greatest anonymity possible and any other creative suggestions...all before I publicly turn in the winning ticket?
posted by teg4rvn on Feb 15, 2012 - 21 answers

Finally at 32, I have a chance to come up for air and I need to focus.

Big changes are coming and I'm not sure how to make the best of them. I am not enthralled in the least in my current career and would like to take a chance on something new, but should I go for something that is very risky that I love, something practical, or something that uses my mind, or is there some kind of career that embraces all of this that I am not aware of? Man this gets long! [more inside]
posted by stormygrey on Feb 15, 2012 - 6 answers

What's the (share)point?

How do I evaluate the cost/benefits of migrating my org's front-end website from M$Sharepoint to an open-source platform? [more inside]
posted by metajc on Feb 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Regrets, I've had a few...

Does anyone remember a blog post (possibly on a personal finance blog) about what people of a certain age wish they had known at a previous age? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Jan 19, 2012 - 2 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

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