Being able to find something the instant you need it is important!
I have an Outlook contact for each app installed on my laptop. When I received the post-purchase confirmation email, I copy/pasted the codes and other information into the notes area. When I need a code (like recently after installing a new hard drive on my laptop), a quick search in Outlook, copy, paste. Done.
No need to find a document and look for the code. Finding something in Outlook is so much quicker, especially since it’s always open.
This is especially important now since we rarely get the actual software DVDs. Back then, I’d write the code directly on the disk with a sharpie (and still created the Outlook contact).
How do you keep up with your codes? Let us know in a comment.
I’ve recently started using a tripod with my iPad, and wish I’d done it sooner. My neck feels so much better as I’m no longer bending it over the iPad for hours.
Here, I’m using it at the dining room table. The tripod allows me to adjust the height and alignment to fit any situation, including when I stand to work. The Bluetooth keyboard gives me the option of typing when tapping won’t do.
Here are Amazon links to what I’m using.
Quality tripod. You could use a more lightweight unit than this one, especially if you’re not using it for anything heavier. I travel with my tripod and didn’t want to take a chance of it tipping over.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that Facebook kept showing me the same posts with one or two new ones. I finally figured out why and how to fix it.
Go to the Home view.
Scroll to find News Feed.
Click that drop-down, and click or tap Most Recent.
That’s it, but keep checking because Facebook keeps switching it back. At this writing, I didn’t see any way to change it permanently through Options. If you have a tip to make that happen, please leave in the comments.
Microphone arm. You’ll need something to hold the mic. I’m currently using this space saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.
Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. You’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the iPhone. If you ever decide to use the iPad, you could do that too, but you’ll need a unit to slip the iPad into so it’ll attach to this mount. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.
Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the video app without your having to tap your device. You’ll have to use Bluetooth as opposed to a selfie wire that plugs into the headphone jack (because the microphone will be there).
I like systems, especially when it’s something I’ll do more than three times. And I always want to be organized. When I started walking in the neighborhood and going to the gym, I discovered the things I needed with me at all times.
I keep my backpack ready to go. Except as noted, these items stay packed.
My ID. There is a special inside pocket for my ID (driver license, healthcare cards, credit cards). I put it back in my purse at home.
Extra car key on ring with key card. I have to turn in a car key when getting the key to the treadmill. To avoid giving them all my keys, I keep an extra car key on a separate ring. It made sense to put the center’s key card on this ring.
Tube of skin protection. I rub this on before I leave home and throughout the day.
Sunglasses. I keep an extra, miscellaneous pair.
Small towel. That treadmill makes me sweat. I take it out for cleaning after each use.
Car charger for iPhone.I listen to music while working out, and my Steps app that tracks my calories sucks the battery life). When I’m on my way back home, I need this. This is an extra one that stays in the bag.
Armband that holds iPhone. Actually, I wear this around the house too. My Steps app that I mentioned above only works if my iPhone is on me.
Ink pens, notepad, business cards. Always ready to network.
Pack of Lysol wipes. Always with me for disinfecting anything I touch that’s someone else has used.
Arm band. This verifies I’ve been trained on the fitness equipment at my center.
Igloo cooler left in the car. I keep one bottle of water in the backpack. When I get back out to my car, I want cold water. I bought this small cooler and load it with a couple of bottles from the freezer before I head out.
I am going to lose weight and get more fit. I have healthy eating habits, but I was spending too much time at my desk, in front of my laptop.
I started walking in my neighborhood, and I have a Yoga mat (Ross has a great selection) and hand weights (Amazon) that I use at least every other day (great lessons on YouTube for anything you want and at any level).
I made my first trip to the senior center Downtown Durham and signed up to use the fitness center. I connected with two classmates, and we commit to each other to come back. We do.
I needed to remove all barriers to procrastination. Make a plan and work it, as they say. Here’s the plan for getting ready.
Schedule the time. Block out time on your calendar to do it. Turn off the TV, and you’ll be surprised how much free time you have.
Buy some cute outfits so you don’t have to ponder over and stress out about what to throw on. If you haven’t exercised before, you won’t have anything suitable. I found some great buys at Dollar General (of all places). I’ve washed them and am happy to report the quality has held up (I have no interest in buying designer workout clothes…at least not yet).
Organize everything. I organized the outfits with all the tops and sports bras in one drawer, and the bottoms in another. Everything is somewhat arranged by color.
Bought another pair of sneakers (Ross for $20). I wanted a pair that matched most of my outfits.