Friday, August 03, 2012

smarter not harder 5

smarter not harder 5 hosted by kathryzj, because, "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?"

1. freecycle! The local one is a yahoo! group; you can search and find one in your vicinity.

2. dropbox! I've saved photoshop files as large as 48 MB (not sure of their max size); what a convenience when I'm working in different locations and/or at different computers! Anyone want a dropbox invitation? I so would love more space!

3. I used to use google docs "all the time" and would do final word processing formatting in InDesign, Pages or Word, but I quit when they started using smart quotes cuz you need straight quotes for writing code. BTW, I need only very essential spreadsheet options, so g-docs were fine for that, also. Super-convenient when you're not always at the same puter. Now I need to check beck to find out if there's a way to turn them off, though I still use g-docs for some things, including the gradually growing list of individual items and groups of items (100+ and counting!) I've freecycled.

4. Aside from the clothes and other stuff I keep finding to take to the thrift store down the street, we have a distribution/exchange in this building for books and almost everything else.

5. Using weebly and wix for website basics. They support html and css, have a variety of templates and options within the templates and also make it simple for clients to do some of their own updates.

Bonus: Something I wish I could manage better? I wish I'd consistently stay up late, put in the kind of extra effort for my own projects of every kind that I'm always willing to do for clients.

7 comments:

Purple said...

Yay for freecycle.

I now have 4 jumpdrives I don't use since I have dropbox.

river song said...

I used my couple dozen jump drives for storage (they don't have the power I need for working on large photoshop, etc. files and it's always best to work locally), but I anticipate dropbox, et al, expanding very soon.

crackers_5150 said...

I have not used freecycle yet, but I was made aware of it. I made my life easier by paring down..i took loads of things to goodwill in order to get rid of things that i don't use so that I could get to things that I do use. I love my cheap android phone, i can do nearly all that an iphone does, and a fraction of the cost. my email is synched, i can use it to take notes, have my to do list, calender, even track my calories for my diet. I think my $140 android phone is the best purchase of the year. keep your iphones...i like my droid.

Sharon said...

I have Dropbox (since last years RevGals B.E.) but I'm not sure how to use it. After today, I will give that some effort.

Also, Freecycle -- thanks! I'm trying every which way to get stuff out of this house!

Amy+ said...

Love the google docs bc they can be attached to things on the google calendar - really handy for permission slips for kid stuff. Great play here

river song said...

thanks, everyone, and crackers, I like taking stuff to the local Baras thrift store because they distribute and redistribute everything locally, often in the same store you delivered it too. esp from reading a recent article, I found out your wonderful, valuable, hard to part with things sometimes don't get used again in you take them to salvation army or goodwill.

kathrynzj said...

I once saw the unbelievable stack of things in Goodwill that made me adjust to trying to exchange things more locally. Loved your play, THANKS!