Happy New Year!
As usual, I’m not making any resolutions for the year as I have some perfectly good ones left over from years past that have hardly been used at all. Actually, I do have one; I’m going to start keeping a journal. I used to do that, if nothing but to log telephone calls. I don’t plan on anything fancy, just a way to account for each day’s passage. So many times at the end of the day I sit shell shocked and wonder where the day went. I was busy from start to finish but with, it seems, little to account for my day. Yesterday’s entry reads:
Another peek and shriek of project assessment folder to develop generic product review standards to post on F-I. Cleaning crew@ 10:00 AM, $127 with tip. Tell Annette they left garbage bags in foyer, found it strewn across the lawn later. Books came in. Must deposit progeny at Greyhound at midnight, set alarm. Made potato & green bean stew for dinner with leftover french onion soup. Need to add forms to real estate contract, fill it out and send it to Estelle for LC house sale. Need to write a letter of reference for BC.
Calls: talked to M (twice) about L’s sewing contract, possible boot camp class in the spring, must go to Houston for prelim.
Talked to KB about his project & untapped market potential to AU individuals, may be going to LA for operational assessment/consult.
VB called about CB needing grading help (forgot to ask V for referral to navajo silversmith to replace watch band). Talked to CB about neckline grades. Was using Handford (pg.17) setting up rules in Patternsmith CAD (came w/autometrix cutter). Told him the better guide as to sleeve & collar grades was the body, not the book (referred him to pg 161 my book, shrink grading, fig 5.44 -if he didn’t know, others don’t either, should write about it), sent scan of Kopp neckline size template -which he later said he had already. Need to do more research (ask Marina, possibly torture blog visitors with unscientific neckline size survey) and said I was keeping his conduit bender. That it’s mine after having moved it so many times to sweep. He says the law favors me.
Notes to self: X is probably a genius but over the phone sounds like he can’t find his own feet. I MUST assume every caller could be just as “stupid” as he is…
I’m putting it in a spreadsheet for now -until I decide on whatever software to use. Anyone have any recommendations of something they like? I have looked at several, namely iDaily Diary, The Journal, Alpha Journal, Red Notebook and The Guide. My requirements are that it run on a PC and costs $50 or less. A plus for me would be a clearly delineated category to log detailed notes on phone calls. I don’t have a preference for free or open source software, I’m interested in features. As a policy, I pay for free software with a donation but feel free to recommend them if it will help someone else.
I hope yesterday and today isn’t a harbinger of what’s to come for the year. It’s time to shut it down for the day but I’ve accomplished so little. Where did the day go?
Anyway, here’s to hoping for a marvelous, productive, prosperous and healthy new year!