Whenever I get new dies from Maya Road, I tend to grab my paper scraps and my die-cutting machine...and spend the next few hours "in the zone". *winks*
Since I'm the lazy sort who will not get my die-cutting machine out every single time I need a die-cut, this is the best way for me. :)
I also have my card bases cut out, scored and within easy reach.
This is why I can get my cards done in 5 minutes...[my butt doesn't leave the chair! *LOL*]