Summertime. Parades, fairs, picnics, concerts. Even with the longer days, it can be hard to fit all the fun into 24 hours. Work and sleep, too. Unfortunately, the hours don’t always balance. Maybe it’s time to gather back-to-school supplies for the kids. (ALREADY?!) Maybe the house needs a bit of clean up. (Does it ever end?) It seems like there are always too many “maybes” to get in the way of summer fun.

It does not have to be that way. I’ll share a few secrets for squeezing more hours in the day and chasing away the “maybes” that eat up the fun time. How do you begin? Prioritize and simplify. As you begin this task, put a little vase of gerbera daisies at your side. A happy, simple flower to remind you “K-I-S-S” (Keep it Simple Silly). Whenever you get overwhelmed, gaze at the daisies for a moment and think, “KISS”! Then, back to the task at hand, prioritize and simplify.


What is most important to you? Take a moment and think. Yes, work has to happen. (You do want to eat and sleep with a roof over your head.) Schedule that in. Hopefully this is no more than 10 hours including your commute. (If it is more, you may need an intervention.) Since work often consumes the greatest percentage of your time, be sure the environment is beneficial. Add a plant and a bouquet of flowers. You’ll work more efficiently, be more productive and be happier, too. It’s true! Flowers and plants have proven health benefits.


Now, sleep also has to happen. Schedule that in as well. (A little hint: Schedule eight hours. Four hours just won’t cut it.) You’ll sleep better if you add flowers to your bedroom decor. According to the Better Sleep Council, plants and flowers bring new energy into your bedroom and remove toxins from the air. Try it, I can promise you that waking up with flowers will get your day off to a great start. In fact, Harvard research proves people feel happier and more energetic after looking at flowers first thing in the morning.

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That gets you to approximately 18 scheduled hours. To fill the 24-hour day, you have just six hours left. How are you going to spend that precious time? I say, let’s schedule for fun! As you work on your schedule, you can fill in the paper calendar or set up a Google calendar online. It’s easy to use, color code and organize. Here’s 21 calendar tips to make it easy. Now, let’s get back to scheduling fun. This comes before the house cleaning, grocery shopping, laundry and odds-n-ends of life. If you don’t schedule it, it just will not happen. Take a deep breath, gaze at your daisies, remember KISS and commit to fun. Time to take a walk, time to bake a cake, time to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, time for exercise, time for you.

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Lastly, schedule time for the necessities of life. This should be the lowest percentage of time. Focus and plan so that you have “necessities” paired down to the minimum. Cleaning house? One hour! Just be sure to add flowers.  Everyone will notice the blooms and overlook the dust. Laundry? One hour. Wear basic black and the dirt won’t show. No sorting lights and darks, and you won’t have to fill the washer as often. Added benefit, you’re using less water and saving the earth.  Pin on a flower for a festive touch to your wardrobe. Again, no one will notice what you’re wearing and focus on the bloom. Grocery shopping?  One hour and make sure you stop at the florist to purchase more flowers, too.


The magic of life is balanced work, play and sleep. It is not impossible but does take a little thought and planning. Good luck to you as you strive for perfect balance and control of the “maybes” in life. If you need a cheerleader or little reinforcement in achieving your goal, I’m here to help. That is if I’m not out running, sitting in the park, visiting the fair or having a picnic with friends.