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Life's Lessons from the Road

I'm just now coming up for air after being gone on two business trips back to back. When I scheduled them I thought, "No problem-I'll come home from the first, get the laundry done, work on some client projects and be good to go." Of course I planned to post my blogs right on schedule, with nary a snag.

Sometimes life doesn't happen the way we planned it. In this case it seemed everything I was working on took twice as long as I had envisioned. Also, both trips had fully-packed schedules that did not allow for breathing time, let alone blogging time.

What did I learn:
1. Don't schedule two trips one on top of the other. Pick the most important and reschedule the other.

2. Go with the smaller suitcase. Even if it means taking fewer outfits I like to be able to navigate my bag and having it weigh much less than I do, helps.

3. Pack some protein bars in my carry-on. In this day and age of air travel we can no longer rely on the comfort or convenience of airplane food. Often, there is not time to grab that to-go meal when changing planes, regardless of all the extra time your ticket shows. Sometimes that time evaporates in thin air!

4. Go ahead and leave that list of items you hope other members of the family will take care of in your absence.

5. Don't be too disappointed when you return to find out things weren't completely done or done the way you thought. Be grateful for any tasks completed or partially completed. Remember the other family members were working on their own life lists as well.

6. If you must go on another trip right after the first one, keep with the same color scheme and start repacking as soon as you get home after trip #1.

7. Keep all your necessary trip materials in a Tickler File so you can quickly Grab and Go!

8. Schedule the first day back to be a Re-entry Day, if possible. Try not to have a fully-packed day, giving your body (and mind) a chance to recuperate.

9. If others assisted on projects for you while you were gone, thank them for their efforts. Be grateful they are in your life.

10. Enjoy the time back in your own home. And remember, like Dorothy said, "There's no place like home."

Until next time.

Making Your Space a Special Place

the R.E.D. team-Reinventing Everyday Designs

posted on: 4/17/2008 1:10:42 AM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations

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Organizing for Boomers

by Sue Crum

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About Sue:

Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.

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