ROLL, FOLD OR FILE

WE'VE PACKED OUR DUDS... LET'S GO!

When you pack a suitcase, do you roll or fold?  Rolling causes more wrinkling but takes up less space.

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Folding does not cause wrinkling but takes up more space.

16291949977_ee9891f8c7_qLet me introduce you to a third method that does not wrinkle and takes up less space – I call it filing.

IMG_1322It’s fold – and flip!  It’s not purty, but you can fit a bunch of stuff in there!  I know it looks like this would be a wrinkled mess – but trust me, it really isn’t.  Think of it this way – if you put the luggage in the vehicle handle-side up, then the clothing is basically folded and stacked – facing the way it would in a drawer – right?  See what I’m sayin’?  I have room to fit two pairs of shoes there in the upper R.H. corner of the bag.  I put the shoes there so the WEIGHT of the shoes won’t smush the clothes.  So I can fit ten days worth of clothes plus two pairs of shoes in one suitcase.

Everyone has a certain item that goes with them on vacation. For me, it’s my pillow!  Most pillows in hotel or motel rooms leave me with a sore neck and cranky disposition – just what you want while you’re trying to have a good time, right?  I tote my pillow in its carrying case, so that’s probably the only item that is a total no-brainer.  Everything else is trial and error.  There are two of us trying to use two bags for a ten-day trip.  It’s insane, but we worked it out.

The trick is to convince your suitcase that it can hold more than it thinks it can.  Bring out the best in it.  It has so much potential…  talk nicely to it.  Suitcases have feelings too, ya know.  Whoa…  I think I need a vacation.angry-suitcase-doe-eyed-suitcase

Do you usually fold your clothes and stack them like you would in a drawer?  Most of us do that – and that’s great if you’re going on a short trip or if you’re packing one person’s stuff.  We packed ten changes of clothes each – in two suitcases – yep.

If you fold the clothes but put them in the case as though the clothes were “files” and your suitcase was the “file cabinet” – you can get 22 items packed without smashing it too badly.  We never wear anything that is very high maintenance – in other words, we wear a lot of cotton / poly instead of 100% cotton.  That bit of poly can make a big difference in the wrinkle factor.  Most hotels have hangers and drawers, so if you are overly concerned about wrinkles, you can take things from the suitcase and hang them up or put them in the drawers.  Then hope you don’t forget anything when you leave.  :-/

When all the clothes are packed in the largest suitcases and our toiletries go in the smallest case – we just have those three and my pillow bag to mess with.  We rarely fly, but I would think that would be the way to go if you are flying.  We just don’t like to carry a lot of luggage around – and the file drawer way of packing works best for us.  🙂

 

 

 

 

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SINGLE TASKING DAY

TL 2-24 SINGLE TASKING DAY

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.  Alexander Graham Bell

How many irons can you have in the fire and effectively manage them?  Remember when everyone was all about multi-tasking?  I’ve never been a fan of multi-tasking.  It’s a better idea to do one single task and do it very well.  Today we celebrate SINGLE TASKING DAY!!!

Administration Assistants pride themselves on being proficient and accurate.  If I was to tell you there was time to do just one thing at a time, I’d be lying.  However, if you can prioritize the tasks, you can perform them more efficiently.

Accomplishing the impossible means only that the boss will add it to your regular duties.  – Doug Larson

It’s such a great feeling to know I’ve completed one project in its entirety before beginning another one.  To write one good post, edit it and make all applicable changes before moving on is the right way for me to work.

I’m reminded of how the character Charles Winchester, M.D. describes his abilities as a great surgeon on the hit T.V. series M.A.S.H.  As he’s scrubbing he explains that he does one thing, he does it very well and then he moves on.  That clip is on You Tube.  I can’t post it here.  LOL!

A study was done at Michigan State University with 300 students to test their ability to persevere through interruptions while taking a computer test.  The interruptions came in the form of pop-ups that required the students to enter a code.  In one case, the interruption lasted a little more than four seconds.  In another, the interruption was 2.8 seconds.

With a 2.8 second interruption, the students made double the errors when they returned to the test.  With the 4.4 second interruption, the error rate quadrupled!

Haste makes waste.  – Benjamin Franklin

I think it’s safe to say the days of multi-tasking are over.  🙂