I keep a ruler taped to my sewing table right in front of me so I can measure things quickly when I need to. Sometimes I sit down to sew and I question whether I have cut a piece correctly or whether I have sewn my 1/4" seam well. I quickly can measure while I am there in front of my machine before I waste time sewing something that is incorrect.
I sometimes have to remember the words on my ruler when I do make a mistake!!
I purposely keep my cutting area and my ironing area across the room to force myself to get up and move vs. having everything in arm's reach of my machine. It does take a little more time, but keeps my joints happier.
I am linking up to Lea Anne's blog today. Please hop on over there to see some more good tips and ideas.