There are many of you out there who may feel as though you spend more time in your car than you do just about anywhere else. I am one of those people. Between two different drop off times at three different schools (nothing is ever easy, is it?), after school activities, running errands for my husband and keeping up with my own schedule, I sometimes feel like I live in my car.
I also deal with lots of annoying timing issues. For example, I take this fabulous weight training class on Wednesday and Friday that ends at 11:30. I then need to pick up my daughter from Kindergarten at 12pm. This usually leaves me with about 15 minutes of flex time. It’s not enough time to exercise more (besides, who wants that torture?), I can’t get through the grocery store, and many times the bank is packed because it’s lunch hour. So, I’m stuck listening to talk radio in my car (thank goodness it’s Dave Ramsey) while I pick my fingernails and wait for school to get out.
Many of you are very savvy and have fabulous phones with texting, the Internet and a whole host of other fancy applications. My cell phone is the equivalent of a rotary phone. It’s a step up from two cans connected by a string. A side note is that I also HATE to talk on the phone and I don’t text. So, if you’re one of “those” people, this tip may not be for you, as I am sure you spend your flex time browsing the Internet and chatting w/friends. But, for those of you out there without a fancy phone and/or who do not find the phrase, “can you hear me now?” appealing, this one is for you.
Tons of us receive catalogs. Many of us order magazines. Some of us subscribe to trade journals, newspapers and other periodicals. A few of us might even pick up a novel for pleasure reading (side note- I just got done w/The Girl Who Played with Fire– Awesome!!). In many instances, these materials sit in a pile in the corner of an office or bedroom and collect dust. Months later we end up throwing them out because we never get around to reading them. This used to happen to me until I got “the bag.” It’s a sturdy canvas bag where I put all the stuff I want to read but don’t have time to look at right away. I keep it in my office or near the front door. This way, when I leave, I can grab it and throw it into my car.
I use it everywhere- waiting for school to get out, at the doctor’s office, while I’m waiting for my car to be serviced, etc. It’s genius! I love it! And heck, it makes me feel more efficient. Not rocket science, I know. But it’s a little something that makes my life a bit easier and keeps me from picking my nails and feeling guilty as I tweeze my eyebrows in the parking lot of my son’s preschool. What tips do you have? Happy schlepping!