Archive for September, 2013
Is your morning always a hectic hustle and bustle at home? Are you usually rushing to finish your work and presentations at the last minute before you head out the door? If so, then you’re likely setting the tone for your day to be full of stress.
The good news, however, is you’re not alone. A lot of people these days, especially working parents, struggle to keep up with all their morning responsibilities while still making it to work and school on time. Though this scenario may seem normal, we can actually make it through more easily and efficiently by creating morning routines to help get everything done in a systematic way.
Adopting stress-free morning rituals will help you start your day on a more positive, relaxed note, so here are a few tips to help you switch your approach:
- Plan your breakfast the night before and prepare it ahead of time if possible. If you want hard boiled eggs, boil them in advance. If you like bagels and cream cheese, cut the bagels the night before, so you can quickly and easily finish them in the morning.
- Clean up the night before. Make your kitchen sparkle and be clutter-free, so you can move around with ease the next morning. You don’t want have to spend time cleaning dishes before you can use them to eat your breakfast.
- Lay out uniforms and outfits the night before. If your kid needs a clean pair of socks that are still in the laundry room, pull them out and put them with the rest of the outfit, so you don’t have to make excess trips back and forth around your house to locate them. Do the same with shoes and jewelry. If your clothes are wrinkled, iron them the night before.
- Focus only on what is needed in the morning. Don’t allow your work to interrupt your morning and cause you to worry. Resist opening your computer before everything has been done, so you can concentrate on urgent tasks first. If you have fewer things distracting you, you will be more efficient in getting each thing done.
- Do your extra grooming routines the night before. If you need to blow dry your hair or shave, these tasks usually take time. If you do them the night before, however, that can save a huge amount of time in the morning.
- Delegate. Have your family to help you. Teach your kids to prepare their own school uniforms, bags, and other school essentials. Teach them how to cook their own breakfast, so you can get dressed faster.
As seniors grow older, they can sometimes have a hard time travelling to places due to limiting health conditions. They still have doctor’s appointments and social engagements they must attend, however, which means they have to find a way to get there. Seniors who live alone or have no private transportation often struggle with the issue of commuting, and as a result, some end up missing their appointments, even if they are important.
RSVP Provide-A-Ride is a wonderful program that helps seniors with their travel and transportation dilemmas. RSVP Provide-A-Ride, through a network of volunteers, provides seniors with convenient transportation and helps them make their doctor’s appointment without having to deal with the hassle of public commuting. Since 1995, Provide-A-Ride has served hundreds of senior citizens around the state, and around 500 rides are offered each month.
Because of their efficient program, more seniors are now in need of their services. RSVP Provide-A-Ride is now asking for more volunteer drivers who would want to offer some of their spare time to help other seniors get to their important appointments.
Volunteer drivers need to be at least 55 years old and have a car. People who volunteer to be drivers can choose their own schedule and geographic areas, and a handicap parking permit is provided for parking ease. They also receive free supplemental accident and liability insurance and are reimbursed for their gas mileage.
Lots of family fun and sports competitions await everyone in Oklahoma City this October. The annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival will soon kick off for five days in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District. The festival will run from Wednesday, October 2, to Sunday, October 6.
Started in 2004, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival offers various water sports activities ranging from rowing and kayaking to paddle boarding, canoeing, and dragon boating. Other activities include the 5K Oklahoma Regatta Run and Night Sprints.
Those who want to simply enjoy the festivities without participating in a competition will have plenty of options as well. There will be live music and dance productions to keep everyone entertained, as well as a kids adventure area. Kids can go on an adventure climb, ride the zip line, play with inflatables, or make sidewalk art.
There will also be an outdoor market, which will feature various local vendors, some of the city’s best restaurants, and a beer/wine garden. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy front row seats for the racing games.
On Wednesday, October 2, the event will kick off with the annual blu VIP Party, which will be held at the Devon Boathouse from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m Tickets are $75, and the evening will include lots of food and entertainment.