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6 Ways to Put Your World on Ice This Season

Written on May 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm , by

Hit pause more often: 67 percent of nationwide respondents say they aren't able to take time for themselves at least once a day. (Photo courtesy of Deborah Jaffe)

It’s no secret–we’re pretty busy these days. Between work, family, friends and chores around the house, we often forget to pay attention to the most important person, ourselves. And when we do give ourselves a break, it’s a pretty weak attempt at one. In a recent survey of 3,000 people in 10 major cities conducted by Keurig, Inc. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. people admitted to sneaking away for a ten-minute breather in their closets, the elevator at work and even the zoo! (That seems a bit ironic, don’t you think?) To help put the world on ice, Sissy Biggers, past host of the Food Network’s Ready, Set, Cook! and ABC’s Extreme Makeover and Donna Smallin Kuper, author of Organizing, Plain and Simple share their tips on how to stay sane through summer entertaining and your daily routine.

  • Plan your route. When running errands, map out where you need to go to avoid backtracking, says Kuper. “Trip chaining” saves gas and gets you home faster. Before you head out, prepare an iced beverage at home with a Keurig brewer to save time and avoid unnecessary stops.
  • Organize your day to maximize productivity. Whether it’s first thing in the morning or late at night, Kuper says there is a time of the day that’s generally your most productive time. Find out when that is and use it to tackle the things on your to-do list that require the most energy and brainpower.

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