Melliferax (along with her friend PaddyK) has started a new meme. It has a fantastic name: ”3 things which make my life easier that everybody else should also do but they just won’t no matter how much I bang on about it.” Quite a mouthful.
Moving on: my list is interesting because after much banging, I am actually making some headway. While many still resist my genius suggestions, it is not quite as hopeless some other people’s lists. So if you have already embraced my wisdom, feel free to swell in superiority to those who have not.
Online Money Management
The idea that people manage their personal finances with paper bills and checkbooks boggles my mind. Those who do setup digital bills and payments still generally keep all of their information in separate silos; nothing ever interacting with the other accounts.
This method leaves a great deal of power and knowledge locked up in those accounts. A good universal money management system will unify all that info into one place. I currently use Mint.com (after it replaced Quicken Online). On a single webpage, I can see all my account balances; every transaction can be viewed and categorized, and budgets can be setup and tracked. This allows me to track every single penny that gets spent, allowing true budgeting and planning. It makes my finances so simple there is no reason not to sign up.
Your basic toaster sucks. They are generally poorly made and burn bread just as badly. Even worse, they are a single purpose appliance: they made toast and not much else.
The toaster oven is, as its name implies, both a toaster and an oven. As a toaster, it does everything your basic one does, but with more precision and quality. You can easily adjust timing to get your bread just right every time.
It is also a fully functioning oven. For small things, it will cook items just as easily as your full sized oven will. But it does this without wasting energy required to heat the oven’s larger area. This is double savings in the summer, when you have to then take all that heat out of a space through air conditioning.
The toaster oven is rivals the cooktop as the most used appliance in our house. Go get one now. It’ll change your life.
The internet is vast. And its vastness changes not just every day, but every moment. Attempting to digest it in any sort of timely fashion requires tools behind simply visiting sites daily.
Enter the RSS reader. For those that are unaware, RSS is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS reader then takes a collection of these feeds from all of your favorite websites and organizes them into a single place. My favorite reader is Google Reader, which allows me to access my feeds from anywhere.
A good reader will keep track of what’s been updated and what you have and haven’t read. You can star items for later, share them with friends, even leave notes and comments. I average about 600 items a day in my reader. While not all get read completely, I at least scan the headlines of every single one of them. This keeps me up-to-date with a large variety of topics, which I could never do visiting them one site at a time.
So there are my three. I am sure each one of you has your own crusade you’re fighting. I would love to know what tips you all think everyone should adopt. Feel free to share in the comments.