WFMW: Driving Miss Diva

We recently moved to an area where street names and road numbers are meaningless.  Literally.  You will find three different roads all with the same name and/or number, but none connect.  You can’t even rely on compass direction!  There is one road that goes north and south, but it’s labeled east and west.  And another road that goes east, but is labeled west!  It’s incredibly frustrating when trying to figure out how to get from A to B.  That’s why I started the Get Me There Book.
I start with Google Maps.  Google’s map is awesome, and better then any other’s I’ve tried.  You can even drag the route to a different road if you think you’ve found a better route.I google the directions, write it down, and put it in a little note book.  I always get the directions, then switch to hybrid mode, and zoom in as close as possible to get a better idea of what the location will look like.   The notebook then stays in the car.  when I find myself having to find the doctor’s office again, pull out the paper.  When I find important landmarks (IE: the street sign is nearly invisible, but there is a huge souvenir shop right before the turn), or shortcuts/alternate routes as I’m driving, I write them down on the sheet of paper with the directions.
It’s helped dramatically.   I’ve never been good with direction anyway, but using the book has helped me become more confident about where I’m going, and my ability to get there.

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Works for me Wednesday: Outlook Reminders

I am a SHE.  There.  I said it.  I am so side-tracked, half the time I don’t know where to start.  Laundry is my downfall.  I always forget about it.  Not anymore.  I set up tasks in my Outlook to remind me to put a load in, then a few hours later, it reminds me to put it in the dryer.  A few hours after that it tells me to fold and put it away.

I have another reminder in my calendar that reminds me about trash day.   It reminds me the night before so I can get the can to the curb in time.  I’ve also created lesson planning reminders so that I don’t get swamped at the end of the week trying to plan for next week.  I’ve set up reminders that will tell me when our favorite TV shows come on so I can remember to record them for DH.  I’ve even set reminders for mopping the floor, doing the dishes, cleaning out the fridge, changing the bed sheets, and swiping out the bathrooms.

And most everything is on Outlook Tasks, so as I finish each one, I can check it off, and see it crossed out.  then I get the satisfaction of seeing things crossed out, and knowing that I have indeed accomplished something today.

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