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 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.
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.
I’m setting up a video “studio” in my small home office. No matter the setup, having a traditional tripod with those wide legs just wasn’t working. This gadget just arrived, and it’s perfect. It’s a desktop tripod mount.
It clamps onto my desk, and has a tripod mount that works with my iPhone case (it has a tripod connector).
I still haven’t decided on my video platform, but with one more problem solved, I’ll figure it out soon.
I’ve been using colored stickers (my dots) for years to match my gadgets with their cable. Place a sticker on the cable, right side up so you’ll know at a glance which way it plugs into the port. If you exhaust all colors, just add two or more matching stickers.
This is also a great way to organize books, CDs, DVDs, etc., by genre.
Here’s a link to stickers on Amazon. Avery also has some, but you have to order as an add-on item (orders of $25 or more, which is no problem for me).