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.
- Bluetooth headset for iPhone. I can listen to music without getting tangled in wires. Here’s an article I wrote about this headset…love this thing. I remove it when I’m back home.
- 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.
What do you carry with you? Leave a comment.
I picked this selfie button up at Dollar Tree yesterday. It works with my iPhone and iPad, and is so simple. Just plug it into the headphone jack, pose, click the button for a photo or video.
No more trying to hold the device and push the camera button simultaneously. It works right out of the package, and also has a clip for clothing.
I don’t take a lot of selfies, but for $1.00, I snapped it up. Also works with Android.
Note: I ordered an inexpensive selfie button that’s Bluetooth on eBay. I’ll let you know if it works. It’ll come in handy when I’m using a microphone plugged into the headphone jack.
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.
- Bought a lightweight backpack. Whether I’m walking in the neighborhood or at the gym (senior center), I carry my ID and health insurance card. This backpack is lightweight and has a place for my water bottle. When I travel, it rolls and folds up into it’s own pouch.
I’ve been walking for a month or so (only about one mile, but hills). I’ve gone to the center for a week. I’m already seeing results…less back fat is the most noticeable LOL.
Tip: Lay your outfit out the night before, and put it on when you get up. When you’re ready, you’ll be ready.
Here are my dumbbell set with stand and backpack.
Have you made a plan and had results? Let us know in the comments. PEACE.
Since the advent of computers and word processing software, one space goes after period, not two.
Why? The simplest explanation is that in typesetting, software makes room for a wide font such as W.
One space has been the norm since mid 20th Century. “The Complete Manual on Typography (2003) states that “The typewriter tradition of separating sentences with two word spaces after a period has no place in typesetting” and the single space is “standard typographic practice.”
In Microsoft software, use the Find&Replace command.
- Press Ctrl+H.
- In the Find what box, type a period and hit the spacebar twice.
- In the Replace with box, type a period, and hit the spacebar once.
- Click Replace All.
The software will find all instances of where you added two spaces after a period and replace them with a period with one space after. Fixed before you can blink.
When I was in publishing and had to fix documents from other people, I recorded a macro and created a shortcut and a toolbar button that made it even quicker.
Break the Habit
To break the habit of adding two spaces after the period, every time you do two spaces, stop right then. Delete that last word (or more) and try again, focusing on doing one space. It’ll soon become the norm for you.
I like taking advantage of every space I have in my small home office. This is a solution I’ve used for years as a mailing station. This particular organizer is where I store various envelopes I use for mailing and also greeting cards. It’s perfect for my needs.
This is an over-the-door organizer designed for a small pantry. I don’t remember where I purchased this, but I found something similar at Sears and a similar one at Target.
Everything else I need to ship or mail items is in an organizer next to my desk and includes tape, multiple denominations of stamps, and mailing/shipping labels.
Etiquette expert, Jacqueline Whitmore, liked this idea. Here’s what she did with it (for office supplies).
Hope this will jumpstart your next organizing project.
The battery on my laptop has been malfunctioning for a couple of years, and now it’s completely gone. Before I ordered a new one, I wanted to be sure to order the right one the first time.
I found this link on the HP Support Website, and was one click away from getting the information I needed. The site identified my laptop, and listed all the information I wanted.
HP Pavilion dv7-6b55dx Entertainment Notebook PC
I knew I had the HP Pavilion Entertainment Laptop Dv7, but I needed that “6b55dx” portion.
I went to ebay.com and searched “HP laptop battery Dv7-6b55dx,” and found several vendors selling brand new batteries for my 3.5-year-old laptop. Done.
I must not be the only one whose letters had faded off the keyboard because I found this very inexpensive solution: Keyboard letters.
I ordered a pack of sticky letters from Amazon and very carefully adhered them to each key. Done. My laptop looks new.
Instead of buying a new keyboard for my laptop and shipping it to HP or leaving it somewhere for the installation, I spent less than $5.00 and fixed it myself.
I recently purchased an all digital washing machine. Before it was delivered, I bought a surge protector to use with it.
I refreshed my knowledge of surge protectors and discovered that surge protectors do not last forever. Who knew? Every time it takes a hit, it loses juice and its effectiveness. And it’s important to note that the indicator light on it is no guarantee that it’s still doing its job.
I’ve replaced all the surge protectors in my home. Everything electrical is plugged into one, including kitchen appliances. Here are links to the ones I chose.
Learn more about surge protection. Here’s an article with more details. And here’s another good one.
One last thing: I unplug everything when I travel, during lightning storms, and when the power goes out while I’m home.
Don’t procrastinate and replace all your surge protectors today!
For weeks, I was frustrated every time I booted up my laptop and sat down to work. Something just wasn’t right. Then all kinds of weird error messages started to appear. I made an appointment at the Microsoft Store near my home, and I’m now back up and running.
All this time I thought Windows 10 was crap, and it turned out to be a failing hard drive. Amazed that it didn’t just fizz out completely.
The Microsoft Store will diagnose and repair your devices, including iPhone and iPad. I had no idea…they’ve always done a less than stellar job promoting what they do, including how powerful their software is.
I spent the evening reloading software and setting up my Outlook email accounts. One issue I had was QuickBooks Pro because I didn’t have a DVD. Fortunately, I’d ordered it from Amazon. They have a software store where you can re-download whatever you bought and also get the activation number.
I’m back in business and ready to go!
Note: I’m writing another post on what to do before and after your computer has been wiped clean and you have to start from scratch with new Windows.