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Trying to Get It All Done and Not Lose My Mind in the Process

Fargo 3-in-1 pressure cooker

"Stress should be a powerful driving force, not an obstacle." -- Bill Phillips

How can I cram more minutes into my day without totally losing my quality of life? This was my opening question when I recently met with my business coach.  Michael had two responses - delegate everything that doesn't require you to do it and second, get a pressure cooker.  Good advice for someone who has been working 12-14 hours a day  with few days off.  I'm not complaining, but with recently having accepted a full-time teaching position at a local university at the same time as my business is growing has me running all day long.  I need a better way of managing the details or I may go completely out of my mind.

Michael loves to cook as much as I do, so he sent me a link to the model of pressure cooker he has successfully been using for several years, plus the names of a bookkeeper and a general contractor. I'm excited about the pressure cooker I just ordered (see above).  Good meals are not only more nutritous than fast food, they give me a moment to relax and unwind.  Lately I've been coming home from a full day of teaching to then cook dinner.  By that time, I am so exhausted I just want to cook whatever I can make in 15 minutes or under so I can then attend to my business.  As a result, my menu has become just a tad boring. A pressure cooker opens up a whole new set of possibilites!

Nex,t I called Mr. Brady,the general contractor he recommended. My call was  returned within 20 minutes!  I have been trying to job out the remodel for several weeks and until today, I couldn't get anyone to call me back.  I understand busy, but not returning the call of a potential customer seems like a crazy business practice to me.  Fingers crossed that he works out.  The broken, sliding floor tiles are more than a tad dangerous and the cracked counter probably harbors every known nasty bacteria.

Finally, I  called the bookkeeper.  We had a good conversation.  He's coming to my studio next Thursday to get a better sense of what I require.  I hate doing paperwork.  Quickbooks' inventory module drives me nuts.  I can't figure it out.  I am thrilled to finally jump this hurdle.  Just think, I will be able to generate necessary reports with the press of a finger this time next month!  Such are my thrills at 45, but I really am excited.  Too feel in control with a few more minutes at the end of the day to take a walk, chat with friends or take my daugther out makes me very happy indeed.


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