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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