My husband and I were talking about some of the things that we have learned through life through either experience or ideas passed on from family and friends. Here are a few:
Make extra house keys. Give one to someone nearby in case you get locked out. Carry another one in a different spot that you would take to work. I carried an extra key in my sales binder. Others keep one in laptop carrier. Getting locked out has happened to:
someone working in the yard that tossed the keys with weeds/someone working with a manager and the manager locked the car with the keys still on the drivers seat/someone checking the keys in the suitcase and the bag was delayed
Have extra plastic cutting boards, measuring spoons, wooden spoons and measuring cups. I started buying at the dollar sales but now with the Dollar Stores, no one has to wait. Cooking is so much easier if you don’t have to stop and wash utensils needed for the next step.
Still carry maps and printed directions. GPS signals fail, roads change and have construction.
If you are hiking–have a map. Have a Map! 4 young people recently had to be rescued locally because they went hiking using their smart phones and couldn’t get back to the trail.
Have flashlights, batteries, matches, and candles. You don’t want to run down your phone using it as a flashlight. Carry a flashlight and first aid kit in your car. A blanket is a good idea too. Blankets are good for first aid and checking out car issues.
Post a grocery list-add when you notice something is getting low and buy before you run out. Especially helpful for condiments and baking supplies.
Buy stationary supplies, a file box and manila folders. Grown ups have rental agreements, work documents, health bills, credit card receipts, tax information. File it, don’t pile it so you can retrieve when necessary.
Purge your files in January. Especially important if you own a home. We’ve had directions for coffee makers, hair dryers, etc. that we haven’t owned for years.
Keep an “old school address book” and calendar. Cellphones and computers break. Also it can be so much faster to look up a date/birthday/commitment on a hard copy than loading/scrolling.
Doing something energizing when you have mid day energy slump. Working, I would call on a fun account or take a walk.
Keep moving and make new friends. In the book, “Younger Next Year”, people that exercised and had social connections lived healthier, longer, and happier lives. Friends leave our lives at any age and after leaving school, we have to work to stay physically active.
What tips do you want to share? Leave me a comment.