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How to Gain Certain Skills in an Odd Workplace

I'm an admin assistant looking for other admin work, and I've realized that my not knowing how to make travel arrangements or schedule things on Outlook is taking me out of the running for a lot of jobs. I'll never be able to learn how to do either at my current job for a variety of reasons. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2015 - 11 answers

equitable distribution of bi-annual work requirement

We have eight departments where I work who take turns bi-annually hosting particular events. So, assuming events 1 and 2, it goes like this: [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Auto-generating individual schedules from a master schedule?

Last year, my school used a google spreadsheet as a master schedule, both in general and for days that differed from our normal weekly schedule. It was very effective for knowing where a certain class was or who was using a certain room, but it was not teacher-friendly. I'd like a way to take the master schedule and auto-generate a teacher's individual schedule. Is there a way to do so without a lot of extra work? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by wiskunde on Aug 2, 2015 - 5 answers

Resource Management Software? Help, please.

Thanks in advance for your assistance. I'm looking to find a resource management software that will help me keep track of which of my 150-170 facilities are in use right now, and which will be in use in the coming days. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Seeba on May 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Where should I start setting up a scheduling website?

I have a friend who has inherited the job of coordinating some organized play lines at a local gaming convention. He needs something to help get everyone pointed in the same direction and schedules put together without needing to do it all on paper. I have slightly more web experience and access to either WordPress or Joomla host. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Apr 13, 2015 - 2 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

Remind me to remind everyone

At work I use Gmail and Google calendar. For meetings that I run, I want to be automatically reminded to send out agendas and reminders to the rest of the attendees. [more inside]
posted by ashworth on Feb 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Tools for long term, low activity, planning?

My work has asked me to help with planning for our internal quality program, we are a smaller company so it isn't a full time job. Basically I have a short to-do list, some things with strict deadlines others with just "get this done sometime", that I need to ensure get done from year to year. How do people do that? (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by selenized on Jan 26, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me with a sliding scheduling problem?

Lennon manages projects. Each project takes 125 about working days to complete. Lennon must complete 39 projects in any given twelve month period. How many projects must Lennon manage simultaneously so that the boss could cut a twelve-month wide window in a piece of paper, slide it over the Gantt chart, and always see the finalisation of 39 projects? [more inside]
posted by obiwanwasabi on Nov 6, 2014 - 7 answers

Balanced team schedules based on seeding

I'm running a fantasy football league in which we have 10 teams. The first 9 weeks were round-robin style, with each team playing each other team exactly once. My plan was to schedule weeks 10 through 13 (four weeks) such that each team played a mix of stronger and weaker opponents based on the standings in weeks 1 through 9, then use the week 1-13 results to seed teams for the playoffs in weeks 14-16, but I'm having trouble developing an approach for generating these balanced week 10-13 matchups fairly. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Hardware and Software PM tool?

Another PM looking for my snowflake scheduling tool. Challenge: hardware and software. [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Oct 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Tips and tricks to adjusting to your spouse working the night shift

My husband will be starting the overnight shift at his job next week. Please give tips/tricks/suggestions on helping our family adjust. [more inside]
posted by Sara_NOT_Sarah on Sep 25, 2014 - 21 answers

Ack! Missed a call for a potential interview. How should I go on?

I missed a call for a potential job interview today, the call was left early in the afternoon and I didn't see it until early the early evening. Normally, I wouldn't be fretting over this, but in the voice mail the manager said she'd like to schedule an interview for Wed. afternoon and now it's Monday evening. Would I be safe with calling her back tomorrow morning and apologizing for missing the call, etc. or would it be best if I leave some sort of voicemail message tomorrow (I wouldn't know what to say though) AND still call back in the morning? Sorry, I feel embarrassed asking this, but I'm freaking out about missing an opportunity! In the future I will be much more attentive!
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2014 - 13 answers

Appointment Scheudling Application

I have a one person business, and need software to manage my appointments with clients. I have spent (wasted) a lot of time investigating different applications that end up having fatal flaws, so I am hoping that someone out there will be familiar with an app that meets a few simple criteria. [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Jul 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me use Excel to save my job

So, I just got promoted to a new position at my company (Yay!). Unfortunately, the new requirements involve scheduling a ridiculous number of people. It turns out my predecessor has just been doing dozens of iterations manually until one kind of worked, but every slight change puts a bunch of other things out of wack. I feel like Excel could probably be capable of doing it, but I have no idea how I would go about designing such a spread sheet. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

How can a planner and an impulse-traveler make it work better?

I'm in a long-distance relationship: my S.O. is in California, I'm on the East Coast. We've been pretty lucky with getting to meet up regularly since his job often pays for him to come out here and I've had a number of opportunities to get out there. But I'm feeling a personality clash arising from his erratic scheduling. Question clusterbomb ahoy! [more inside]
posted by psoas on Apr 22, 2014 - 18 answers

Is there a website like Doodle but for an entire calendar?

My boss is going on a trip in a few months and I need to schedule all his appointments. There are 5 other people who will also be arranging meetings for him. I need to create a calendar that all 6 people can access and edit. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me find out if I can become a paramedic w/o attending fall classes?

I have things I'd like to do outside of USA every fall, so I'm wondering if I can take all the courses that I need For this 5 semester paramedic degree at Austin Community College during only spring and summer semesters. It seems that last year all required courses were offered in the 2013 summer semester But it seems that this summer they are not offered. I emailed their listed address but there was no response. Also is there any way to do it faster than 5 semesters? Can I double up the 4th and 5th semesters (since they're short)? and any tips for me doing this in my non-standard pattern of only doing summer/spring semesters and skipping fall semester? Thanks!
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Calling all UK radio listeners

Is there some predictable way to find out several weeks ahead of time when Radio 4's News Quiz is scheduled? [more inside]
posted by Diablevert on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Changing manual timetabling to electronic

I receive timetabling data in Excel spreadsheets and want to map it out automatically, rather than working out the timetable/grid by hand every time because the data changes, and I'd also like to filter it to show certain groups - teacher for example. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Can you please just stab me repeatedly with a needle?

I am trying to schedule getting a tattoo appointment with an artist I have previously worked with. It's proving to be more difficult than expected, and I don't know how long to wait between messages and how direct to be with him (I have generalized anxiety disorder). Snowflake-y details inside. [more inside]
posted by sarahgrace on Sep 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Stress Savers

I'm entering what I expect to be a very busy year: busy full-time job with frequent evening and weekend work, graduate classes one night a week (plus homework), and a large writing project due next year. I find that I can get really overwhelmed and stressed when my schedule gets locked in and deadlines line up. I'm trying to find ways to simplify and ease my daily life so that I don't add additional stressors. What are your best time- and stress-saving tips for getting through intensely busy times? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 12, 2013 - 27 answers

How should I schedule multiple people in multiple places?

I will be assigning a small staff to shifts in multiple locations at different times on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis. I need to develop an efficient way to keep track of who is supposed to be where at what times, and be able to keep that data for future reference. It would be great if I could keep track of how many shifts each person is assigned on a monthly/quarterly basis. I'm envisioning cumbersome spreadsheets that I'm loathe to create from scratch. Is there an Excel template or a (free/cheap) software solution that will do this for me? Do you do this sort of thing and have advice for me? I'm not the kind of person to reinvent the wheel, so I'd appreciate any help I can get.
posted by LouMac on Sep 6, 2013 - 2 answers

Marriage & Work Filter, opposing schedules edition

What non-obvious effects can I expect if I take a job with hours that are very different from my wife's? [more inside]
posted by jon1270 on Aug 31, 2013 - 21 answers

Wordpress order scheduling solution?

I run a business where people order equipment online and then I have to call them to arrange pickup. I have a Wordpress site and using WooCommerce. I am trying to find a solution where someone could place and schedule an order using a drop down calendar 48 hours or more in advance . any advice on plugins or solutions I should be looking at?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 20, 2013 - 4 answers

How should I respond to confusion about a meeting time?

Early last week, I had a meeting where there were two people from my organization, and three people from an organization we're hoping to work with in the near future. At the end of the meeting, we agreed on a future date/time for our next meeting. The following day, I emailed everyone in attendance, with (our shared impression of) the date/time/location of our next email in the second sentence of the email. Today, it became clear that everyone on their side of the meeting thought it was supposed to happen today, and I thought it was happening tomorrow. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Jun 17, 2013 - 8 answers

Is there an application that supports my scheduling needs?

I manage a group of people who do event support. In general my staff works normal working hours, but every now and then we'll be asked to work something off hours. What was a relatively rare occurrence is getting more frequent and my current methodology of using spreadsheets is starting to buckle. [more inside]
posted by Runes on Jun 17, 2013 - 0 answers

Need a productivity system for scheduling multiple projects

What would be a good system to help me figure out my work days and my availability? [more inside]
posted by Leontine on Jun 11, 2013 - 2 answers

What should I bid to implement a fairly simple Python scheduling system?

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting with someone to talk about implementing a local scheduling/database application. Most everything I know about the project suggests it's something I could do in my sleep. Thing is, I desperately need the money, I don't know how much to "bid," and I have a long history of undervaluing my work. How much should I ask for? [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Jun 10, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me better utilize Office for work email, scheduling, etc

I have MS Office Pro Plus 2010 at work, and I haven't used Office before. After using Gmail exclusively for a number of years, and never any scheduling tools beyond what came on my Droid from Verizon, I'm looking for ways to better utilize the email, organizational and time management options I have. I recently learned about flags and conversation view from a co-worker, but I feel like there are more features I should be using. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 1, 2013 - 4 answers

help me remember to eat and sleep during convention weekends

I go dancing at event weekends where there is fun stuff happening 20 hrs/day. I want to do all the things, but if I try, I wind up exhausted by day 3. How do I keep myself on track for basic functions like eating and sleeping while doing as many fun things as possible? [more inside]
posted by tangaroo on Feb 26, 2013 - 11 answers

Project scheduling software with cascading dates

I need to schedule a lot of sequential tasks that have a set time limit (ie, Task A is allotted one week, Task B one week, Task C three weeks). Unfortunately some of these tasks run over (or occasionally, under) budget on time and I am looking for a program that will easily reassign due dates for all the following tasks when one task falls off the original schedule. [more inside]
posted by apparently on Feb 22, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I sync free/busy data between my multiple calendars?

I have several different calendar accounts that I use on my iPhone, 1 personal Google Calendar, an Exchange account for my primary job, and another GCal that my part time job uses to dispatch technician jobs to me. My part time job uses this calendar to schedule calls, so as it stands now I have to manually block out anything that I schedule on my other calendars so that they don't double book me. How can I create a setup where if I enter something on one of my calendars it will mark me as busy during that time? I don't want to have to create every event 3 times, and I don't want full synchronization as I don't want personal details and business information where other people can see it.
posted by daHIFI on Feb 6, 2013 - 2 answers

I Love My Freedom, but How Much Freedom is Too Much Freedom?

How do you make yourself go to sleep/do errands/be a grown-up when you have no responsibilities or schedule you need to keep? When I hear people say they loved a show and watched 3 episodes before bed because they had to work the next morning I laugh because if I love a show I might watch 10 episodes because I can. [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Scheduling the Easier Way?

Does-this-exist-filter: easy-to-use employee scheduler for Mac (OS 10.7.4), does not have high ongoing cost? [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure on Nov 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Calendar app for external scheduling

Need a calendar/schedule app for an upcoming conference. [more inside]
posted by ao4047 on Nov 6, 2012 - 3 answers

Where time and space are arranged

Looking for an online solution to booking and scheduling resources in a large workshop [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Nov 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Tool to track 100% of my time?

What's the best tool to track all my time? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Oct 14, 2012 - 6 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

What, when, and where -- easily updated

Looking for software/service that will let us publish an event's schedule to mobile devices. Difficulty: the schedule isn't decided until the morning of the event. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Won't bite the hand that bleeds me.

"How do I prevent work schedule creep?" — Academic edition. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 1, 2012 - 22 answers

I need eight days a week. Or more.

I don't understand how people with homes, jobs, kids, families, hobbies, televisions and pets DO everything. What am I doing wrong? Help me make the most of every minute! [more inside]
posted by thrasher on Aug 7, 2012 - 54 answers

Scheduling Shared Equipment

SchedulingFilter: We have five widgets and ten people who want to use them. How do we keep track of who's using a widget and which ones are checked out? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Aug 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Suggestions for web-based client management software at reasonable price?

I'm in need of client and accounts management software that is suited to newspaper (or at least publications) operations. It needs to be free or very inexpensive, web-based, and user friendly. [more inside]
posted by LillyBird on Aug 2, 2012 - 3 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

Piping scheduled strings through to twitter

Trying to pipe individual lines from a big text file through to twitter, at scheduled times. [more inside]
posted by roobot on Jul 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Can Jimmy come out and play?

I've been failing on getting some friends to go out and do stuff with me, and need some help figuring out what I can do to get better success. [more inside]
posted by garlic on May 18, 2012 - 15 answers

Help us efficiently schedule presenters for a conference.

How can we efficiently schedule presenters for a conference? [more inside]
posted by vecchio on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Software/ online app for sports league scheduling?

I'm looking for software that will help me schedule play and practice sessions for teams in a sports league. Ideally, the software would be free and be flexible enough to take into account: the number of teams, how many times each team should play each other, & the number of available fields. [more inside]
posted by woodman on Mar 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Podcast/audio production and workflow: How-to guides and/or ideas? (Snowflakes inside.)

Podcast/audio production and workflow: How-to guides and/or ideas? (Snowflakes inside.) [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Dec 7, 2011 - 5 answers

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