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Friday, August 03, 2012

RevGalBlogPals Friday Five: Smarter Not Harder Edition

I returned to the office today after over a week of vacation. I'm not the best at re-entry, but I do find myself with a renewed interest in being a bit more stream-lined in the way I approach things. 

I'm also open to ideas.

What are 5 things you do or things you have bought that have made your life simpler/easier to manage?

Bonus: What's something you wish you could manage better.

Please let us know in the comments if you play and if you can, include a link. I will be taking notes. :)


29 comments:

  1. I played here. The sermon is (mostly) written.

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  2. I played here. Thanks, Kathryn, for a most enjoyable prompt!

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  3. Oh my, now I have to google dropbox....

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    1. Terri, it really has been a time-saver. It is an online cloud service. I save all my docs etc there so I can work on a sermon or something else at any time. Apps for iphone and ipad as well. Since I started storing photos on dropbox I did have to go to the "pay option".

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    2. I pay for the extra space and keep everything there. When my brand new church laptop's hard drive crashed... it paid for itself.

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    3. I see. So all of my iPad and iPhone data is currently stored in iCloud. I backed up my dying laptop onto an external hard drive, so I didn't lose anything when it died. WHenever I get a new laptop, if it is a PC I will check out dropbox. Not sure why I need it for my Mac stuff...?

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    4. Terri- I use DropBox for the PC stuff from the offices - iCloud for mac stuff

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  4. 1) Franklin Day Planner. I still like paper and the satisfying scrape of the pen when I cross things off. Also, I can keep my jotted notes when the phone rings all in the same place.
    2) Diploma for one of my kids from college so I don't have to constatntly and attentively care for her anymore. (Not that I don't CARE for her. I just no longer "care" for her.)
    3) An automobile. I bought it a long time ago, but it really does save me time while it ruins the earth.
    4) A swiffer. Same thing.
    5) Audiobooks. Multitasking.

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    1. I listen to audiobooks while driving (that thing that ruins the earth). Have a free three months of Sirius...and I said "why"?

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    2. Hi Jenee, gotcha! as digitized, computer- and software-literate as I am, I also keep a daily paper calendar (not Day Planner, but that matters not) and can't imagine not doing so forever.

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    3. I do still keep a paper calendar too - one of the Episcopal desk calendars. It has black and white artwork that allows for coloring, and plenty of room for doodling or meeting notes which I keep on that page for future reference - much easier to find later. I drive so much that I need to get into audiobooks.

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    4. I love my Letts leather slim pocket calendar. And only $6.75. Thanks, Jenee, for reminding me of one of life's little treasures.

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    5. I can't drive with audiobooks because they make me sleepy. It's a bummer. I can do podcasts.
      This is the year I gave up the paper calendar and went to Google Calendar which syncs between my computer and phone and also allows me to share calendars with various family members (also thanks for that tip from kathrynzj). My complicated color-coded calendar is getting me where I need to be when I need to be there. I'm sure the orthodontist who used to see my boys wishes I had one back then.
      I keep a paper to-do list for the satisfying scratching on paper. I sometimes email additions to myself, but other than using the Notes function on my phone for a grocery list, I write the stuff I need to do on paper. And revise it.

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    6. I am a Daytimer person too. I haven't made the transition to digital calendars. I am showing my age!

      And I giggled out loud when I read #4!

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  5. kathrynzj won me over to Dropbox. I still use the free version, but I'm considering upgrading to be able to do photos, too. (Or actually to accommodate the photos I end up sharing there.)
    And yes, I'm currently spamming my world with positive comments about Dropbox to get more free space. :-)

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  6. I'm meditating on this. Honestly, my initial response was, "nothing in my life is simple/easy, and my life is unmanageable!"

    Ahem. Clearly time to study on that issue and do some things about it. I will post my play later...thanks for the wake-up call.

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    1. Looking forward to what you write, Mary Beth.

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  7. on my post I asked if anyone wanted a dropbox invitation, but why not shamelessly offer one here, cuz I need more space too, esp given my habit and need to save very large photoshop files!

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  8. I started playing, got interrupted, and finally came back to my All Tech All the Time Friday Five.

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  9. I played and it's still Friday here, for a few more hours!

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  10. It's Sunday. I'm on vacation. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it... but here's mine...

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