[M/s 365] Tools of management

The actual tools we use to communicate and organize and plan/track:

1. Google Docs for maintaining a running to-do list or checklist. For sharing our ideas and developing classes.

2. Google Calendar for keeping our events and personal items in sync. We each have a calendar, which we share with the other and have constantly on. So I can see her appointments, she can see the next event I’ve signed us up for.

3. We track our flights to/from, or travel plans on the Google Calendar as well. We use flights.google.com or hipmunk.com to find the best flight/time/price.

4. We use IM mostly during the day – Hangout works the best for us.

5. Gmail/email and labels for tracking of emails related to events or particular subjects – so each event has its own label/folder.

6. TripAdvisor.com for finding things to do at the places we travel to.

7. Google Maps and Garmin for getting us where we need to go.

8. A schedule of chores, things that we try to get done during the week. These are harder to do on short weeks when we’re traveling, but it gives us a framework. So far, it’s been working pretty well.

9. Microsoft Money Deluxe (the free download) and a combination of an Excel spreadsheet with macros and Google Docs sheets to track budget, money, expenditures and planning. I use a plug-in that exports QIF files from Excel to move payments from the planner to Money.


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Master Michael S

International Master 2014. Member of: Chicago Leather Club, Chicago Leathermen Group, MAsT: Greater Chicago. Longtime leatherman. One of the Four Horsemen.

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