[M/s 365] Updates on our tools

Awhile back, I wrote about how we were looking for a bit more structure and how we were trying to organize our weeks and our approach. Since then, we’ve used a tool and we’ve made a discovery.

The tool: 

Cozi (http://cozi.com)- it’s a family organization tool which you can put on your computer or mobile devices. It basically shares lists and calendars. It has other features, but the list sharing is what we’re using it for most. The shopping list and the To-Do lists. It’s free/ad-driven and we’ve not found a reason to purchase the Gold version. We’ve set it up so that it imports our shared Google calendar, which we are keeping. Google Calendar is probably our biggest lifesaver. We’re starting to get into the habit of using Cozi a lot more. The shopping list is kept up to date. We’re keeping a Shared List of todos (the weekly chore structure) and a personal todo list for each. My todo list is becoming my reminders list.

The Discoveries

One of those, I wrote about last week – in discussions with slave angie about the nature of measuring how the day went and *why* I want my house to be in order.  Since then, I’ve been shifting my thinking to what was really important, as well as talking to slave angie about what I want her to do. It just ends up being that I have to do even more of letting go of expectations, which I’m honestly struggling with. So I’m finding ways of reconnecting with my foundation and what helps me to feel grounded, to feel in those moments that I look for, to have that “house in order” feeling that I’m clearly wanting. Something I’m going to try is going to be digging through notes and examples and coming up with my own “Book of Michael’s House” – a combination of a house manual of Important Stuff To Write Down and my own values and mission. I’ve talked with angie about the priorities and expectations over the next 6 weeks, and she’s clear on what we need to have happen. So… light touch. Light touch.

And they say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks…

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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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