Learning to be organized…

11 Sep

Besides experimenting with themes on my latest blog and learning about templates and other blog terminology, I been checking out different apps for my iPad. For some time now, and especially after my last move, I’ve been overwhelmed by all the paper I’ve accumulated. I’ve sorted through it (several times), but still have piles. So I’ve been looking at online sources for ideas. I thought of Access and started reading about how to set it up. But it seemed very involved, and I wasn’t sure it would do everything I want. Then Evernotes was recommended to me. I’ve downloaded it and checked out a digital book “Evernote Essentials Guide (boxed set)” from the library to learn how it works.

In addition to the accumulation of paper, and in spite of paring down for every move, I still have a lot of stuff. I keep going through it every so often and try to find different ‘homes’ for things. But I’ve decided, part of my problem is that I’m just not a great housekeeper! In my smallish apartment things can go from looking great to complete shambles in a day or so. I need to do better.

I’ve decided I need to follow Flylady again. I did it several years ago, and it helped. I’ve retained a few of the habits–dressing every morning and making my bed–but unfortunately I’ve let others slip away. I never did make the complete Control Journal that Flylady touts. It just seemed like a waste of time as I was already scheduling things on my calendar and to do list. But I do see the value of having everything in one place. Hoping for a remedy, I’ve downloaded the Cozi app. As an added incentive for me to keep following the routines, I’ve invited my granddaughters to do the daily Kids Challenge and we can encourage each other.

Another thing that has gotten out of control is my account passwords. We are cautioned to not create the same password for each site. But I have so many sites that require passwords. Which means many passwords. One of the sister-in-laws has a little book that she checks every time, but I need them readily accessible as I often need them when I’m on the go. For several years now, I’ve stored them (in code in case someone accesses it) on my Notes app. The thing is, this list is now huge and it takes some time and careful attention to find the one I need. To make matters worse, after mistakenly deleting a note page a couple of times, I now have two separate notes (copies) of these passwords. And sometimes I add a new password to one of the lists, not remembering to copy it to the other one. Which results in sometimes having to search two list to find the password I need. Getting older doesn’t help either–sometimes I have to puzzle a bit to understand my own code! The app ‘1password’ has been recommended to me. The idea sounds good, except it seems to me that if anyone hacked my 1password account, they would have all of my passwords instead of just one. Do any of you, my readers, have any experience or thoughts on this?

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