You've probably seen a member of your family fly around the house the morning of a big event, or the morning something is due. (Maybe you've even done this yourself). Your husband can't find his lucky tie, your daughter's work shirt is in the laundry. It could be any number of things.

Take a moment to flash back to the last time that happened.

Now, commit to preparing the night before, no matter how tired or relaxed you may be at the time -- you will thank yourself in the morning. You can't control everyone else's schedule, but you can prompt them to have everything ready. Also, if all of your things are prepared, it buys you time to help those around you.

It's never fun to start out the day in a panic. Keep it organized by doing what you can the night before.

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No. 1: Work and home boundaries

We all have them: the masters of wasting time. You can find them at work and throughout life.

If you're avoiding the coffee pot at 9 a.m. because Chatty Suzie will steal 30 minutes of your life that you'll never get back, become assertive. You do not have to be mean to do this, but get your coffee (you'll need that) and politely tell her you do not have time to talk. Depending upon your personality, this might be a daily occurrence or something that you don't feel comfortable doing.

Try it once. It gets easier.

At home, set boundaries for neighbors and family. You can set the limits with which you are comfortable. You may require visitors to call first or you may be comfortable with drop in guests. Maybe you reserve Sunday afternoon for "family time."

Find a schedule that works for you and breathe easier knowing that you are in control of your time.

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