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House Rules - Click to enlarge

One likes to see what’s on display in others’ houses. I had been to my friend’s place where she hung a cute poster about the rules of the house which goes “If you open it, close it…. “. Being in the process of turning into a clean freak, I loved that little thing!

Once back home, i started searching for the poem so I can hang one too. Sure enough, I found not one but quite a few versions of the poem. I added one of mine too! Here is my modified version of it with a couple of lines added to the original one. Print it and live by those rules!

It’s a 7″X10” poster.

Download Rules of the House Poster

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I had been wanting to do this at the start of the Spring Semester. They say, better late than never!

School is full of happening events. Professors give you new assignments, some of them get cancelled (because of snow, maybe?), a dance event comes up, a hot guy asks you for a date and you don’t know if that is going to be a busy week! It’s always useful to record everything in a central place instead of letting them free float in your mind.

Calendar Screenshot

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This excel has the remaining weeks of the Spring Semester, each page devoted to a week. It is clean and simple, with no unnecessary bells and whistles. You can have the whole week at a glance. The week begins on Mondays, which would be more appropriate for students.

I’m happy to share it with you all. Click on the link above for a preview of the calendar. You can download it from the links below. The links open in mediafire, which is a free file hosting service and is absolutely safe to download from.

Spring Calendar 2010 (Office 2007)

Spring Calendar 2010 (Office 2003)

Stay organized with it and free up your mind for other important dreams!

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, I’m sure everybody must be making plans. What is always part of the plan is something good to eat.

If you’re thinking of heading out for good food, make sure your reservations are in place!

I cannot enjoy the food if the restaurants are crowded, so this time I have decided to cook at home from a few recipes online. I always jot down the recipes on my recipe cards which go into my cute recipe box. So, while I was searching for recipe card templates today, I decided to make some of my own instead and share them with everybody!

Here are 6 recipe card templates in 4″X6″ format. Click on the pictures below to download the cards. Print them out and stick ’em onto index cards for sturdiness.

Hope they help you make memorable meals!

Recipe Cards I

Recipe Cards II

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Organize with a master grocery list and menu planner

vegetables-mckaysavageI hate running to the grocery store in the middle of the week. It’s both a waste of time and money. Every time we go to a store, we buy at least a couple of items not originally in the plan. So for the most part, I try to hit the stores just once a month and maybe once in between for milk and other perishable items.

Last year I decided to follow a few steps to be more organized and also save money in the process.

Two of those were to make a monthly grocery list and a weekly menu.

I have been following these two rules quite consistently for over a year and two templates have helped me tremendously in this:

Since I shop for groceries only once a month, I have to make sure I don’t forget something that might be over in a month’s time. So i rummaged through the entire kitchen and conjured a list of all the items that I had. This is my Master Grocery List. All I have to do is go over the list and check the items I need. My husband and I love it now and can’t go shopping without it. Over the year, I improved upon the list and added a few other items that I seemed to use. Feel free to download it. Since I’m Indian and I’m vegetarian, the list is customized for my needs. However, you can edit it according to your requirements and print it out.

Download the Master Grocery List

I love going to the Farmer’s market to buy vegetables. They are so fresh, plus there’s a lot of variety. Yes, they are less expensive too. Initially we had no idea of how much to buy and we’d end up wasting a few by the end of the week. Also, we would buy the same set of vegetables all the time. So I started pouring some time into making a menu for the entire week before buying the vegetables. That way, both my problems were solved. Even now, there’s a dramatic difference in the food we eat when there’s a menu and when there isn’t. I visit the farmer’s market about once every 15 days, so my weekly menu planner is good for two weeks.

Download the Weekly Menu

I’d love your feedback on these two lists. Do let me know if you find them useful and if you think any other items need to be added.

Happy Organizing!

Make My Husband Exercise

Courtesy: Dr JimiGlide

Courtesy: Dr JimiGlide

I know, it sounds funny. All resolutions are about the self. And here I am, going easy on myself and making my husband exercise instead!

No, he is not overweight and fitness is not his problem. What he needs to do are arm exercises. This is a highly personal resolution.

Some background. He fractured his shoulder about 2 months ago and it took about 6 weeks for the bone to heal. Because of the restriction in movement, the muscles have become stiff and physiotherapy should bring back the range of motion. But the physical therapist cannot do it alone. We need to be exercising regularly at home too. Which is what we don’t.

Getting his arm movement back to normal is my priority now and that is why I decided to make this my resolution.

In keeping with the guidelines I posted in my previous entry about resolution making, here’s my plan to make this work.

Analyzing the reason behind failure –Thinking about why this hasn’t been working so far is important to find a workaround. In out case, we were not exercising simply because we forgot. It was new and not part of our daily routine. So it was easy to slip out of our mind.

Action Plan

1. One at a time – One resolution is the optimal number and I am going to concentrate on nothing but this. Since it’s the beginning of the year, my temporary enthusiasm will tempt me into trying many things at once. But by now, I know better. I will resist the temptation and focus on just this goal.

2. Choosing an indivisible goal – My ultimate goal is to make his left arm move just like the right arm. This is the most basic step for that to happen. And since the time frame is about a month or two, it is perfect to qualify for a resolution.

3. Making it fun – We have decided to play a ‘simulation game’ to make him exercise. I pretend to be the physical therapist and we work just like in the actual physical therapy session. The room has all the props we have resourcefully added with everything available at home. I have a timer for the exercises(my mobile) and an ice pack to relax the sore muscles afterwards. He needs to take an appointment just like the real one. I even have a log sheet where he needs to sign in and sign out. I also record the progress in the same form. He needs to make new appointments after each session and when he misses an appointment, I charge him a penalty. If I miss the appointment, he charges me a penalty.

You can download the exercise log sheet here. It is a basic log and can be used by anybody.

4. Making it convenient – He needs to be exercising twice a day and so the best times would be right before going to bed and right after getting up. That is why, ‘my setup’ is in the bedroom itself. And we came up with the appointments to get around the problem of forgetting. Each time when we decide a convenient time, we are going to set reminders and make ourselves available at that time.

5. Laying the groundwork – Before starting, we always need to pre-prepare so that we do not have unavailability of resources as an excuse. By simulating the physical therapy environment, I have made sure that all the necessary items are in the room when we need them. I also have printed the log sheet and filed it along with a pen and have it in an easily accessible place. So, the groundwork is laid. We only need to follow it from now.

What if we fail?

We do excpect to fail at this at times. But I think it is going to be minimal because of our ‘penalty’ system. Each time he misses an appointment, I will sleep on the couch and every time I miss it, he would be sleeping on the couch. Since we both do not want the other to be uncomfortable, we sure will try our best not to miss it.

So, this is my plan and I hope we follow it. Will post the updates to this entry.

All the best for yours too and have a happy New Year!

It’s been less than a year since we are married and we have made it a point to celebrate our ‘monthly anniversary’ so far! It’s already six months and we thought we’ll have an appraisal of each other and our relationship. Talk about how corporate and personal lives cross each other!

You can have a look at it using the above link or download it directly here:

Download Relationship Appraisal Form

It is both fun and serious at the same time. Hope you enjoy it and I’ll be more than happy if any of you feel it inspired you to have one too! If you have any suggestions of how I could change it, please feel free to do so.

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