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Cram More Hours in the Day, Saratoga!

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Okay.

It is my fault.

I must stop double booking myself.

I keep a calendar. I post appointments on my i-phone with buzzers and all sorts of reminders.

I even write myself Post It notes and place each in strategic spots around the house and office to remind myself (yes, I have been called the POST IT QUEEN, numerous times). And, yes, I do read the notes.

It is the tight booking that is the actual problem. Plus, at least three times a week, when I think the day is perfectly timed, I have an extremely worthy new development that pops up.

You would think after years of handling logistics for several TV stations, a couple of newspapers and internet sites that this would be down to a science. Well, folks, it is all because of my ambitious plan to cram more hours into the day than exist! 

Thank goodness I have tremendous energy. But, right now, just thinking about all this, I want to enjoy a relaxing massage at the Y and slow it down, just a wee bit. (Great idea!)

The beauty of living in Saratoga County is that you can pretty much get anywhere you need to get in under twenty minutes. But, why do I give myself five minutes? Recently I have suffered the embarrassment of receiving two speeding tickets which means it is time to slow it down and give myself more time. I never got a speeding ticket while taking Metro North for 20 years. Duh! 

For some odd reason I still think I can be in two places within a half hour of each appointment. I admit it. I cannot. And, I still try. But, today, I stop. STOP.


When I took Metro North from Greenwich, Ct daily, I caught trains to and from WABC at 66th Street, including a shuttle, without one speeding ticket. And, while working on West 57th Street as the Managing Editor for WCBS, again, not a one. Hmmm!  I even had to take very expensive daily taxi's despite the fact that WCBS was closer as the crow flies; the subways to the far West Side simply were not as efficient as the trip to the UWS. 

I always made it to work with time to spare and the trip home, well, I took my time. I used to run for a train but I stopped.

And, that is the point, I've finally learned to do the same here. Take it down a notch and I will be fine.

Driving everywhere to meetings and barely giving myself enough time is a stupid combination.

Starting today, I will stop trying to cram in more than I can physically make happen. Intellectually it makes perfect sense. Now, I have to be disciplined.

Yes, I absolutely enjoy the challenges of filling my day to the brim, stretching the hours into amazingly productive 24/7 cycles but when I realized today I double booked appointments, again, today and still had to write this wonderful and fun blog, I finally figured out, enough is not enough. 

Yes, I want to cram more hours into my day, Saratoga, but, I won't! Now, I've got to run to my 11 am appointment. But, it is only five minutes away. Phew! 

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Elaine Hume Peake

Elaine Hume Peake has vast experience covering news, lifestyle and entertainment since 1976. As an award-winning media executive, senior producer and show runner for a variety of multimedia, Elaine has a deep sense of curiosity and enjoys digging deep to find not only the serious side of life but also the immense joys. Elaine's proven expertise on the national and the local level while working in Washington, DC for Post Newsweek stations, WPLG in Miami, WABC in New York City, WCBS in New York City and WTEN in the Capitol region, she has found a wonderful home in Saratoga. Elaine has extensive experience on the editorial and the creative production side. She has developed several news and talk shows, documentaries, non-fiction television series, major live events and specials has taken her on a fantastic journey she will share with her audience of A LITTLE ABOUT A LOT. Elaine's perspective after covering riots, Princess Di's death, Pope John Paul II funeral and others such as the search and recovery of the body of John F. Kennedy, Jr, numerous political campaigns, major crime stories to the amazingly life changing days of 9/11 created her level of news gravitas. Elaine has been the driver of numerous newsrooms in the nonstop 24/7 news cycle of New York City, Miami, Washington, DC and now this region. She is well as traveled and enjoyed her globe trotting in search of great tales to share. Elaine loves to communicate the story in an interesting, compelling and enjoyable way. She is a passionate idea generator and program innovator with a news metabolism for innovation, change and a focus on the future while a perspective from over the past 35 years of news. Elaine maintains a keen awareness on delivering enjoyment to her readers whether it be a major news happening or a compelling, memorable moment in time. Elaine is on board with Saratoga.com for a fun ride deeper into the world of this region and wants her readers of A LITTLE ABOUT A LOT to be a part of the journey but also a major participate in the ongoing conversation. Readers can e-mail me with comments, suggestions, ideas, stories at