Life is a suitcase. Think about it: Our days are of certain, definite dimensions that we can all clearly see and recognize. Yet somehow, there’s always room for one more thing.

Until the zipper breaks, or the ticket agent doesn’t let you through. Then, with a mess of personal belongings strewn on the floor at your feet, you realize something: there really wasn’t.

For the rest of this year, try the 70 percent rule instead. Pack your work day’s suitcase 70 percent full, no more. Create buffer room between appointments and projects, keeping your work and your sanity intact.


Vacation season approaches, and the questions loom: what to pack? What to leave at home?

Though Rick Steves recommends packing for the best possible outcome, leaving many emergency items behind, I find that I can’t quite adhere to that.

I value every single moment while I’m traveling, and like to feel I have what I need. I’m the type to focus on a problem until it’s fixed, which can interfere with the quality of the trip if I’m not prepared.

If you, too, prefer to pack a comfort item stash, find the right balance this vacation season—not too heavy, not too light. Allow yourself the things that matter most to you, and that are least available at your destination. (Oh, and by the way, the roll-don’t-fold advice actually works.)


“I get ideas about what’s essential when packing my suitcase.”

– Diane von Furstenberg


Take a quick look at next week’s schedule. Is there a way to lighten things up a bit? Even just moving things around can help a lot.

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