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How I Prioritize My Time

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2015 | 8 comments
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This time of year always seems to be extra busy. Many of us will feel like we have more requests for our time than we have hours in the day. We’ll be “pulled” in too many different directions; and in order to stay sane, we’ll need to make some conscious decisions as to how we will (and will not) spend our time.

Today, I’m sharing a relatively simple system I use to divvy up the tasks on my to-do list in order to make time for the things that are more important for me.

What If You Don’t Have Big Life Goals?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2015 | 9 comments
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Just because you don’t have a BIG goal for your life, doesn’t mean you can’t set goals for yourself on a regular basis. Your life and your days can still have purpose and meaning without the addition of big goals.

Today’s post elaborates more on these thoughts!

4 Tips to Simplify Back-to-School

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2015 | 8 comments
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Even though there are still few more weeks until Dave is officially back in school, reality is starting to sink in here at the Dekker house, and back-to-school preparations are beginning.

Today, I’m sharing 4 things we do to help simplify and de-stress this busy time of year!

NEW Customizable Double Daily Planner (Finally!)

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2015 | 12 comments
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After about 5 years of being asked if I have an editable version of my double daily planner printable, I can FINALLY say yes :)

Thanks to a loyal reader who had the appropriate software and graciously offered to do it for me, you now all have access to this free and very useful document!!

When You Have the Time… But Not the Energy

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2015 | 18 comments
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When it comes to time management and productivity, I believe there are many ways we can learn to better utilize our time and learn to be more productive.

However, there’s also the factor of how much energy we have at various points in our lives — and that’s what I’m talking about today!

The Blogs I’m Reading (2015)

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2015 | 40 comments
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Since I won’t be blogging as frequently for the rest of the summer, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite blogs and bloggers with you.

This way, you’ll have a little extra reading material while I’m away from my computer enjoying my family and a little more free time!

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2015 | 46 comments
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Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

My Blogging Plan for this Summer and After Baby

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2015 | 21 comments
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It’s official — my yogurt, cheese, and eggs all have expiration dates after my due date! And while we still have a lot to do before the baby arrives, we also have SO much to celebrate!

Today, I’m sharing a bit more of my tentative blogging plan for this summer… and I’m “spilling the beans” about a super fun Celebration Week going on next week here on the blog!

10 Things I Do to FEEL More Energized

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2015 | 16 comments
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I would normally consider myself to be a high-energy person. However, there are definitely times when I have a little less energy.

Even though I might not actually BE very energetic at various times during the day, I have a whole bunch of things I can do to make myself FEEL more energized. I’m sharing 10 of those tips today!

Why It’s OK Not To Have Constant Balance

posted by Andrea | 05/1/2015 | 13 comments
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Most people think that in order to achieve a simple organized life, we also need to have complete and constant balance in every aspect of life… but in my opinion, constant balance is nearly impossible to achieve.

I’m sharing more thoughts about “balance” in today’s post!

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments
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Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time :)

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | comment
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If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2015 | 24 comments
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I’ve already shared various posts about what a typical day in my life looks like, but I thought it might be interesting to share more about how I make the working + raising babies + housework happen… without feeling like I’m totally stressed out or way too busy.

I think there are 2 key factors for me to be able to work from home with kids — I’m sharing more in today’s post!

Why I Choose ‘Productive’ Instead Of ‘Busy’

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2015 | 19 comments
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I have had MANY years of my life that were extremely “full” and sometimes verging on “too busy”. But over the past few years, even after adding more children and work responsibilities to the mix, I have continually felt less and less “busy”… all while maintaining a very full and productive life.

Today I’m sharing my thoughts on being “productive” versus being “busy” — and I’d LOVE to hear your take on this subject too!

Why I’m Still “Doing It All Myself”

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2015 | 94 comments
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When it comes to my blog and business, I’m often asked why I haven’t hired anyone to take over part of what I do — or to do all that “boring stuff” like social media, email newsletters, proofreading, editing, etc.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a super simple answer for these questions… but today, I’m sharing approximately 1500 words as to why I’m still doing it all myself after almost 8 years!

HOW I Plan Ahead

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2015 | 14 comments
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Over the past few years, I’ve written many posts about WHY I plan ahead — to save time, money, stress, etc. etc. However, if you think about it, the “WHY” of planning ahead is relatively obvious. It’s the “HOW” of planning ahead that is the road-block for so many people.

So while I know my methods won’t work for everyone, today I’m sharing HOW I plan ahead in many different areas of my business and personal life.

My 2015 Goals (finally!)

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2015 | 76 comments
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I know, I know… it’s already the first week of February and I’m just finally getting around to sharing my 2015 goals.

A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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Over the last few months, many of you have requested a day-in-the-life post, and I suppose it has been a couple years already… so I’m due for an update!

While no 2 days are ever exactly alike (can you relate), here’s what a relatively normalish weekday looks like in our house.

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2015 | 27 comments
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Simple living can sound like an overwhelming task for many of us… and it CAN be at first.

However, I know from personal experience that when simple living becomes a habit, or “an unconscious pattern of behavior,” it just feels right, and easy, and oh so simple you won’t even be able to imagine living life any other way!

Our Home Office (The Updated Tour)

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2015 | 28 comments
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It’s been over 3 years since I last shared any update on our home office renovations… and we’ve made a fair amount of changes over those 3 years. So, I figured it was time for another Home Office Tour.

I can’t wait for you to see the transformation!!