One of the things I hinted at Time Management: Part 1, is that I usually have 6 or 10 different "projects" going on at the same time.
My garden is ongoing, it only took one or two years for me to realize that what I wanted to do with my yard was going to be a multi-year, possibly even a lifetime effort.
My writing, I just keep trying to make a habit of sitting down and putting my thoughts to paper and/or computer screen. This goes for both fiction and non-fiction.
And then there is organization. I've recently decided to start digitizing our recipe collection. See, a year or so ago, my friend Amy over at PrettyBabies wrote a blog post about Evernote.
It took me a while to start really using Evernote. The app didn't work properly on the first phone I tried, so I occasionally used it on our desktop. Now that I've replaced that phone, I'm finding more uses for the App. Truth be told, I don't feel comfortable with keeping my financial records there, just yet. But less-sensitive things like lists of garden plants, or recipes, are fine.
My husband has been printing out the recipes he finds online, and keeping them in a notebook. The papers get bent, or stained with food. Most of them are loose, so I worry that something will get lost.
Then there's my magazines. Right now, I subscribe to two: Yoga Journal and Southern Living. I've tried encouraging Dear Husband (DH) to flip through the magazines and pick out recipes, but he usually doesn't do that. Once in a while, I'll pull out a recipe, and that somewhat works. But I think I could do better if I digitized those, too.
Digitizing allows us to do keyword searches, and find recipes faster than flipping through magazines. I can also tag the recipes with the appropriate season and/or holiday, to vary our diet throughout the year.
So, the process of putting recipes into Evernote has begun. I'm starting with DH's notebook, since most of those printouts came from online sites. I can run a quick search, either through Google or specifically on the site, and then use my Evernote Clipper add-on to save it to my Recipes notebook. Then, when DS' best friend's parents want a copy, I could pull the recipe up on my phone.
Then, if I could pull DH out of the digital dark ages, I could share the Recipes notebook with him.
(I've been considering weekly features for my blog, day-by-day. For the moment, though, consider "technology Tuesday" an occasional special.)