Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A List: Things I'm Good At

This is part of a series of posts for the "30 Days of Lists" project.  To read more of my posts related to this project, go to my "30 Days of Lists" page, or click on the "lists" tag.

To learn more about the project, visit the ladies at 30 Days of Lists!  They're awesome!

  1. Singing
  2. Writing
  3. Procrastinating
  4. Relaxing
  5. Driving
  6. Organizing
  7. Taking Charge
  8. Notebook collecting
  9. Planning
  10. Worrying

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Tool That Helps Me Remember The Milk

Today's installment of My Favorite Things focuses on the one electronic tool that helped me break my 20-plus-year paper planner habit.

Remember The Milk is perfect for those who love to make lists and keep up with to-dos.  It's an application that comes as a downloadable client, a web-based application, and an iPhone app.  All of the tools sync together (once every 24 hours with the free version, and unlimited with the paid version), so you can access your lists whether you're at your desk, at a friend's house, or at the grocery store!

When I used a paper planner, I religiously wrote down all of my tasks and lists.  Oh, the lists -- I had a slew of them!  I was constantly rewriting the tasks I didn't complete on a certain day, or the tasks that recur on a regular basis.  Worse than that, though, was that my planner grew to be so large, I rarely took it with me when I left the house.  That meant that I frequently forgot those items in my lists.  I wasted a lot of time.

I love Remember The Milk because it helps me keep track of all of the tasks and lists I used to keep in my paper planner.  I don't have to rewrite a task if I don't get to it today -- it will faithfully show up to remind me tomorrow.  I don't have to waste time and gas running errands that I forgot to do while I was already out, and I don't have to go back to the grocery store when I've forgotten an item.  Remember the Milk literally helps me to remember the milk!  

I can also stay focused by creating several different lists.  I have a list for chores, books I want to read, my goals, shopping... all kinds of subjects to keep my life organized.

I use Remember the Milk on the web so I can use it while I'm at my computer, and I also have it on my iPhone to review and update when I'm out and about.  I haven't used the download client yet, because I really haven't needed it.

Remember The Milk has truly, truly transformed my life.  I'm not getting paid to say that -- I really mean it!  If you're looking for an app to help you stay organized and on task, give it a look see!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weekly Review

Hamed Saber

Hi there!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you've been enjoying your weekend.  In my part of the world we've had a cool(er) few days, but this week the heat and humidity are supposed to fire up again.  Booo.

My week has been fairly uneventful, mostly because I've had a Horrible Summer Cold that forced me to stay home from work for two and a half days.  I'm feeling much closer to normal now, thank goodness, and should resume my regularly scheduled life tomorrow.

One thing I did get to do (when I wasn't in a self-induced Nyquil coma) was a lot of thinking.  I've passed the half-year mark, when I typically take stock in where I am goal-wise for the year, and whether I need to re-adjust my coordinates for the remainder.  I was not surprised to realize that I've fallen short on making any progress at all.  And that's simply because I get too distracted.  There are too many times my attention and my time are spent on things that steer me away from my goals.  Sometimes I don't even realize it has happened, but then other times I choose to let it happen (but always regret it).

So for the past few days I have reviewed and revised my goals and am going to try to get back on track.  The first half of the year may have been a wash, but I'm going to try hard to make the second half ubber productive.

Oh, one other thing we did this weekend is see the last of the Harry Potter movies.  I think it was very well done, as was the entire series.  It's a little sad to see the end of Harry and the gang.

What did you do this weekend?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

A List: A Few Things About Me

This is part of a series of posts for the "30 Days of Lists" project.  To read more of my posts related to this project, go to my "30 Days of Lists" page, or click on the "lists" tag.

To learn more about the project, visit the ladies at 30 Days of Lists!  They're awesome!

  1. I love snow.
  2. I hate being cold
  3. I am working on my first novel.
  4. I love cereal.
  5. I hate beets.
  6. My middle name is Lynn.
  7. I rock the karaoke stage.
  8. I will faint at the sight of blood.
  9. I am grouchy without my coffee.
  10. I am learning to meditate.