Time-saving tips for the Type A in you

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I am always looking for ways to maximize my time each day. Here are four suggestions that work for me—perhaps give one or more a whirl.

  • Prepare vitamins/supplements weekly. On Sunday evenings, I count out and organize my vitamins and supplements into the “grandma and grandpa” container with compartments (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.) I swore I’d never use but makes life a lot simpler. Then, each morning, I pop the pills from the appropriate day into a single pill bottle that easily fits into my purse.
  • Lay out clothes for the next day. Okay, this doesn’t always work if you don’t “feel” what you picked out. Have a backup plan.
  • Make meals ahead of time. On weekends, I fix 2-3 lunches/dinners that serve as leftovers. Repeat for breakfasts. Depending on your family size, adjust (and freeze) accordingly.
  • Deep clean cabinets and drawers (monthly). I love this idea because everything is uber painless to find when you prepare for the day.

What time savers do you regularly practice?

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Strong enough, smart enough and brave enough: all you have to do is ask

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Be strong enough to stand alone,
smart enough to 
know when you need help,
and brave enough to ask for it.
~ Ziad K. Abdelnour

I’m not sure if it’s a Type A thing, or just a fragment of my own personal makeup; however, I feel that the practice of enlisting the help of others is oftentimes viewed as a sign of vulnerability rather than a display of strength. The writing life is typically a solitary endeavor but, after juggling, rearranging and finagling my schedule (see “The price of sacrifice…”), I finally conceded I needed assistance to pursue my vocational goals. This meant approaching my little family and informing them when I would be unavailable, and then pinning my boss down to ask for additional flexibility in my “9-5” work schedule. All it took was a little smarts and a whole lot of bravery to walk away with blessings from all parties. And a renewed sense of my purpose.

What do you need to ask for help with?

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