How a Simple Kitchen Timer Gave Me Back My Life!

Written by Mary Wilkey

All kinds of stuff was piling up—on my desk, inrepparttar kitchen—in fact, in every room inrepparttar 117848 house. Then I discoveredrepparttar 117849 power of . . .repparttar 117850 timer!

Now my motto is: Set it and forget it! (Where have I heard that before?)

It really seemed too simple a solution to solve what had become an overwhelming problem: how to fit allrepparttar 117851 work I have to do, need to do, must do, and wish to do into one twenty-four hour period and still have any time left to do anything halfway resembling "fun." (What's that, anyway?)

Butrepparttar 117852 fact ofrepparttar 117853 matter is that it IS just that SIMPLE! First, I get all ofrepparttar 117854 routine out ofrepparttar 117855 way: shower, exercise, grooming, prayer or meditation, breakfast, etc.

Finally atrepparttar 117856 computer, I setrepparttar 117857 timer—usually for half an hour. When it "dings" I get up and maybe transfer some laundry torepparttar 117858 dryer. (I'm one of those rare and lucky women who is married to an exceptional man who usually at least startsrepparttar 117859 laundry, and on a daily basis, so we never have laundry piled up.)

Just a little "mini" break fromrepparttar 117860 computer, but it does several things: (1) It allows me to tend torepparttar 117861 little mundane tasks that otherwise get put off. (2) It truly is repparttar 117862 "pause that refreshes," as doing so prevents me from developing carpal tunnel or that horrible pain between repparttar 117863 shoulders that so many women suffer from. (3) It getsrepparttar 117864 blood circulating in my legs and preventsrepparttar 117865 varicose veins or phlebitis that sometimes develop in those who sit a lot. (4) It helps rev up my metabolism, just moving around a bit.

How to Have Your Computer Cake and Keep Your Family, Too!

Written by Mary Wilkey

Your family comes first—or does it?

Since you've been spending so much time with your new home computer, is your family showing signs of jealousy? Do they compete with this inhuman time hog for your time? Or, at least, do they FEEL they have to?

And what can you do about it? After all, you're just trying to make everything better .. . I mean, look at it this way, if you can just find a way to generate an automatic income fromrepparttar 'net, SOMEDAY you'll be able to quit your outside job and be home with them allrepparttar 117847 time, right?

So they should be understanding and go withrepparttar 117848 flow ... these things take time, you know ...

You know it, and I know it, but do THEY know it? And what's more, do they really understand that, after all,repparttar 117849 computer is just a means of communicating with other people and a tool to make money with—for all of you? And do they really believe that "one day" you will be free to spend more time with them than they really want anyway?

Things were a little tense at our house—and, lucky me, I have only a husband to consider (our ten children are grown)—until I finally worked out a happy and very workable solution to it all.

My husband is semi-retired, so he is aroundrepparttar 117850 house quite a lot—even more than I am. So when I am home, he enjoys having my full attention .. . don't get me wrong here ... I enjoy his just as much. It's just that, for now,repparttar 117851 computer/internet has to be allotted large chunks of my time, if I'm ever going to achieve my goal of financial independence via same—for both of us.

And we all know that, if you have children at home, they usually demand (and deserve) an even larger chunk of your time than your mate does.

However, whateverrepparttar 117852 size of your family . . . matters not. What DOES matter is that YOU arerepparttar 117853 only person in your family who hasrepparttar 117854 power to work out this dilemma and get things under control .. . before you emerge from your home office one day and find no one is left to care if you stay in there all day or not!

Here'srepparttar 117855 plan:* Get yourself a kitchen timer and set it for one hour.

* Work at your computer for that hour.

* Whenrepparttar 117856 timer goes off, allow yourself one minute to finish up whatever you are doing.

* Then GET UP and GET AWAY fromrepparttar 117857 computer.

* Spendrepparttar 117858 next fifteen minutes or so DOING SOMETHING with your family—one or all of them.

* WHAT you do isn't as important asrepparttar 117859 fact that you ARE doing something with THEM!

* Ifrepparttar 117860 kids are home, go outside and play catch with them.

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