Get Out N Play Newsletter
Finding Time
February 2011
In This Issue
Time Management
Roasted Root Vegetables
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Twenty Four Hours of Time 
Remember me? I can give you a list of reasons for my prolonged departure. I just failed to make time to write this newsletter. I apologize. One month passed and then another and it became a challenge to come back to creating this newsletter. However, my desire to return was strong, so I managed to carve out some time. What happens when the interest isn't there? If we have lost that fire, then we procrastinate. To break out of that cycle of avoidance can be very challenging. It helps to have a great support structure by your side. Someone to offer coaching and guidance can be just the thing to motivate you. There are only 24 hours in a day. Are you using them to their best potential? 
Time Management

Have you ever wished for a few more hours in the day? Why is it that some people seem to get everything done effortlessly and others feel that time constantly eludes them? The secret to managing your time well isn't working more hours. It is about prioritizing the important things and learning to use the time you have more efficiently and effectively. The secret is working smarter, not harder.


Some of us, by nature, organize and get tasks out of the way before we relax, while others of us play first and work later. It is important to first recognize which type you are and whether your style is allowing you to have the life you really want. Maybe you are super-organized at work, but burned out because you don't know how to make time for yourself. Maybe you are naturally a less organized person who knows how to relax, but you are dissatisfied because you aren't fulfilling your goals and dreams.


Rather than labeling yourself or beating yourself up, realize that time management is an area of your life that you can strengthen. Like a new muscle, it takes practice and repetition to make it stronger. To help you get started, here are some steps to streamline your days at work and at home. Try the first one or two that jump out at you:
  • Allocate time for planning and organizing.
  • Create to-do lists that are realistic, not intimidating. Use only one to-do list.
  • Under-schedule your time: Leave time for the unexpected and for interruptions. When you estimate how long something will take, add on a third of that time.
  • Schedule your time in a way that reduces interruptions that lower your productivity.
  • Practice the art of intelligent neglect: Eliminate trivial tasks.
  • Prioritize what is most important and do that first.
  • Consider your biological prime time: At what time of day do you work best? Plan to do your most important work at that time.
  • If you say yes to everything that comes your way, learn to say no.
  • Ask for help and delegate.
  • In the evening make your to-do list for the next day, so it will be out of your brain and on a piece of paper. Leave work with a clear head and a clean desk. 
  • Acknowledge yourself daily for all that you have accomplished.

Also take a look at the two biggest hindrances to using time effectively: procrastinating and lacking purpose. We usually procrastinate when a task seems too daunting, too large or too complex, or when we feel we won't be able to handle it. When you get that "deer in the headlights" feeling, try "chunking": break the large task into smaller, manageable action steps and start with the first one. We also often drag our heels or use our time inefficiently because we are bored, unengaged and uninspired. The most effective people will tell you that they love what they do and are aligned with a greater purpose. When it comes to managing your time, you may need to ask the larger questions, "Am I doing what I love to do? Am I doing something meaningful to me?"


As you strengthen your new time management muscle, keep your focus on getting organized so that you can live the life you came here for. Instead of being a chore, good time management can be your ticket to more fun, greater satisfaction and a vibrant, exciting life.

Recipe: Roasted Root Vegetables 

Roasted Root VegetablesRoots are a rich source of nutritious complex carbohydrates, providing a steady source of necessary sugars to the body. Instead of upsetting blood sugar levels like refined sweet foods, they regulate them. Roots provide a lovely sweetness during the waning days of winter. They are also a great fuel after a long bike ride or run. Eat them during that all important post workout recovery window, two - four hours after your workout.



  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 parsnips, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 turnips or 1 large rutabaga, peeled and chopped
  • 1 celeriac, peeled and chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • herbs: rosemary, thyme or sage (fresh if possible)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, mixing well to coat  each vegetable.
  3. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and herbs. Stirring gently to combine.
  4. Place in a large baking dish or pan with sides
  5. Bake uncovered for 25-35 minutes until vegetables are tender and golden brown, checking every 10 minutes to stir and make sure veggies are not sticking.
One exciting piece of news- in October I married a wonderful man who is my best friend and can keep up with me on my many adventures! He loves me, kale and oceans. Now I am an Aubrey Schulz!
Thank you for spending the time learning to nourish your health.

Aubrey Schulz
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