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- I’m very finicky when it comes to organizing. None of the popular
organizing forms quite fit the weekly schedule + TODO list that I
want to use. Custom letter-size forms are easy to make. I’m not sure
how well I can translate to a smaller size; maybe if I do one week
per page and then have the TODO list on the next page…
- Last week was find-a-group week. I tried Toast IT, Zero Gravity
Circus and JCSA. Toast IT was the best in terms of social
interaction, self-improvement and networking. That’s something
that’s earned a fixed place on my calendar. I can join the other two
groups maybe once a month.
- I’m pretty good at impromptu speeches and networking, but not really
social small talk. I work best when the context is well-established
and I feel I have something to offer people. That’s why Toast I.T.
works very well for me, but social chats like JCSA language
exchanges don’t really do the trick.
- Keeping track of my expenses is a breeze with Gnucash, a free and
open source program that makes record-keeping fun and easy. I just
sent my mom a summary of my credit card transactions and a detailed
transaction report for everything involving a credit card. Whee!
- Working out my finances is scarily fun. I’ve just finished drawing
up yearly and monthly spending plans based on a general guide for
international students and my expenses for the past two weeks. I
OpenOffice.org Calc to recalculate remaining monthly
budget automatically as I put in my initial estimates and then
adjusted them based on my spending goal. I’ve decided to allocate
more money to groceries and books than I had previously spent, and
I’ve built in a small splurge allowance for little things I want.
I’ll test that spending plan this month and post additional
reflections in September.
- The calendar I’m using right now really works for me. I should look
into making an electronic version of it so that people reading my
website can get a better feel of how I like to plan my day. I also
need to work on a good contact management system to keep track of
all the people I meet (and it turns out that I meet quite a number
of new people each week)…
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