What Does Your Workbench Look Like?

Written by Posted On Thursday, 07 November 2019 05:25

Over the weekend I was working on a few DIY projects and before I started I realized that recently I have been piling up my tools on my workbench, leaving small piles of tools in the house and around the garage. I grab the small piles of tools, carry them to my work bench and drop them, making a bigger pile. I got to thinking about professionals like auto mechanics and folks working in a shop; all their tools are neatly organized and they know where every screwdriver, wrench and pliers are located. Me, not so much; mine are in a big pile.

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My first weekend project was replacing the charging cable on my golf cart. Items needed: wire cutters, screwdrivers, ½ wrench, black electrical tape and my ratchet set. It took me 15 minutes of digging in the pile to find everything I needed. I thought about the mechanic who has everything in place on a peg board and tool cabinet – he would have a 15-minute head start on my unorganized life, and the job only took 15 minutes!

So where am I going with this? Pull out your smartphone, open it up and look at your apps. Are they neatly in order like a mechanics, or are they in a pile like my tools? This really makes a difference in productivity and is so easy to correct. You have two options and they are both right; choose whichever one you feel works best for you.

Option One – Decide which apps you use the most and move them to the first page of apps. I personally think page one should be all productivity and apps needed to support your career, but it’s your phone. Either way, start organizing the apps so you can quickly find what you are looking for, with your most frequently used apps where you can find them quickly.

Option Two – Build folders by category. For example, put all social media apps into a folder, create another folder for news apps, maybe a shopping folder, and I use a travel folder with all my hotel, airlines, rental cars, Uber etc. in one folder.


I have over 150 apps on my phone which is 7 pages of apps. Recently we had a new garage door installed and of course it’s Wi-Fi enabled. When I downloaded the app it went to page 7 of apps. The first time I used it I had to scan 7 pages of apps looking for my garage door app. Yes, I moved it to page two!

While we are talking apps and using your smartphone smartly, let’s discuss the battery. There are so many myths out there about batteries and charging – let’s clear a few up:

Is it hard on your smartphone battery to charge overnight every night? Answer: NO, today’s technology and batteries are just fine charging overnight.

Should I discharge my battery until it’s under 50% before charging? Answer: NO, again it’s not hard on the battery plus it’s better to have a fully charged battery available.

Does completely draining your smartphone battery hurt battery life? Answer: YES, smartphone batteries come with a chip to prevent total discharge. This still is not good as deep drains can shorten battery life.

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Dick Betts

Dick Betts, REALTOR® The Villages, FL with Touchstone Real Estate, Addie Owens, Broker, Mount Dora FL.  Dick has been working in the real estate industry for more than 20 years and brings his experience and expertise to help you find the best solution for your real estate needs.  Moving to Florida in 2008 he started in Ocala and began searching where in the state of Florida he wanted to call home, Florida has so many options, Beaches, Southeast, Southwest, the Panhandle.  After weighing his options, he found where he wanted to call home just 20 miles south of Ocala, The Villages!  Living fulltime in The Villages since 2011 his only regret was not moving there sooner.

Dick has traveled across North America since 2000 speaking, training and helping REALTORS® in 47 states and 5 Canadian Provinces hone their skills to better serve the public.  He now brings those years of experience to The Villages to help folks who also want to call The Villages home.  People looking to buy in The Villages are from around the world and need a tech savvy REALTOR® to serve their needs.  Selling in The Villages you want to list your home with somebody who knows how to market your home to the Facebook Generation and bring the most exposure possible to attract a buyer.

Want to really learn about The Villages Lifestyle?  Want to see what The Villages has to offer?  Let Dick Betts be your guide and help you call The Villages your NEW HOME TOWN!


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