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If My Passion Becomes a Paycheck

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2014 | 32 comments
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Since I’m often asked (both by readers and other bloggers) how I’ll know when, if ever, it’s time to hang up my keyboard, close down the blog, and move on with my life, I thought I’d share my super simple answer in today’s post.

But don’t worry, I’m not planning to go anywhere any time soon :)

So…What Exactly Is a Virtual Assistant?

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2014 | 18 comments
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Every time I write a blog post about my Virtual Assistant (VA) work, or even casually mention what I do, the emails and questions start coming in.

So today, I’m sharing my personal experience working as a VA for the past 4 years — and hopefully answering some of the questions I get on a very regular basis.

My Work + Life Update {Summer 2014}

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2014 | 22 comments
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Over the past 3 years, as I transitioned from from working part-time from home with no kids to full-time from home with 2 kids, I’ve definitely had to make many adjustments with how I balance both my work and personal lives.

So since Simon is already almost 6 months old, I figured it was time for an update on what my work and life looks like with 2 kids!

We HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
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We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.

In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!

Reduce Procrastination by Making it Easy to Start

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2014 | 26 comments
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In previous blog posts, I’ve mentioned how using a timer gives me the motivation to work quickly and keep going. However, a timer doesn’t address the issue of “getting started”– which is often the hardest part.

Today, I’m sharing how I reduce my own procrastinating tendencies by making it really easy to get started.

My 2014 Goals: Progress and Updates

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2014 | 20 comments
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Remember all those goals I set back in January? Well today, I’m sharing an update on my progress…

Graphs and Charts and Survey Results… Oh My!

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2014 | 27 comments
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I’m FINALLY sharing the results from the blog survey I asked you to take way back in February. I learned so much from that survey and was blown away by all your kind, generous, and encouraging responses. Thank you!

I had a little (OK, a lot) of fun making a few graphs and charts to outline the results… some of which might surprise you!

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2014 | 16 comments
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A few weeks ago, I blogged about our super overwhelming yard project. After that post went live, several people commented that my “any progress is still progress” philosophy could actually be applied to almost anything in life. And I totally agree!

Do you have any overwhelming projects on your to-do list? If so, I hope this post will be the motivation you need to get started.

A New Normal… how I changed my most productive time of day again!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2014 | 10 comments
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Last May, I blogged about how I changed my most productive time of day to the evening hours — and that has been working REALLY well for me this past year.

Then Simon was born and I had to make more adjustments in my schedule in order to pack everything in. Today, I’m sharing how I’ve been tweaking and changing my schedule to accommodate both kiddos, my home, my business, and more!

5 Tips to ‘Do It Now’ When You’re Super Busy

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2014 | 17 comments
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Several weeks ago, I shared a post about my time management rule of “doing it NOW”. That post generated a lot of emails questioning how I could possibly “do it now” all the time with a toddler, an infant, and an at-home business.

Today, I’m sharing my answers to those questions.

Daily Maintenance is Key: Lessons From My Maternity Leave

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2014 | 27 comments
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Since I took about 5 weeks off from blogging (and life) to take it easy after Simon’s birth, I knew that I’d need to use Dave’s Spring Break week to catch up and plan ahead.

I was really looking forward to feeling like my normal productive self again… however, I didn’t expect it would be so difficult to find my productivity groove again!

One Year Ago…

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2014 | 24 comments
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One year ago today, I made the humongously scary decision to totally change my blog and business name from Simple Organized Living to AndreaDekker.com.

Today, I’m sharing a few of my thoughts looking back.

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2014 | 32 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than waiting until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset, however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

My Top 10 Favorite Working From Home Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2014 | 5 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite working from home posts — all about time management, productivity, blogging, my experiences running a business, and more!

5 Tips for Better Time Management

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2014 | 2 comments
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Today I’m sharing a guest post from Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom. I know many of you follow her blog… and since I’ve worked with Crystal for over 2 years now, I can attest to the fact that she is a time management GURU!

If you’re struggling with time management, this post is for you!

My 2-Year Old’s Perspective on Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2014 | 32 comments
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Before I had kids, I NEVER EVER expected to be a stay-at-home-mom — I was positive I would work outside the home and send our kids to daycare. Obviously, that didn’t happen.

This post was sparked by a recent conversation with my 2-year old… I was literally shocked by her young thought process!

Preventing Social Media Time-Sucks

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2014 | 17 comments
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A few weeks ago, I posted a question on Facebook asking what topics people REALLY wanted me to blog about. Not surprisingly, many of you requested more information on how to prevent social media time-sucks.

So today, I’m sharing a bunch of ideas, tips, and tricks that have helped me to better manage my time spent on social media — I think they might be helpful for you too!

My ‘Plans’ for Working After Baby + A Blog Survey and Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2014 | 36 comments
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Several of you have questioned if I’ll take a maternity leave or not… and what my plans are after this baby arrives. To be honest, I’m not sure!

Today I’m sharing my tentative “after baby plans” as well as a quick survey I’d be super grateful if you took. It should only take a couple minutes, and you could win a $100 Amazon.com gift card!

Doing What You Love: An Unexpected Journey to My Dream Job

posted by Andrea | 02/5/2014 | 31 comments
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Since February is the month of love, I thought it might be kind of fun for all of us to sit back and reflect on what we would absolutely LOVE to do if we could do anything in the whole world.

I’m also sharing my story of how I accidentally and somewhat unexpectedly stumbled upon my dream job 7 years ago (without really knowing it)!

My 2014 Goals

posted by Andrea | 01/8/2014 | 39 comments
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Over the last two weeks, I’ve given a lot more thought to what specific (and general) goals I want to set for myself in 2014.

I’m feeling the need for a bit more structure this year, so I laid out a few more specific goals for myself — but still with that overall theme of simplicity in mind (because I know that’s how I live and work best).

Setting Goals for the New Year

posted by Andrea | 01/1/2014 | 20 comments
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Happy New Year!

We’ll be enjoying our “Christmas” celebrations with Dave’s family today — but since the start of another New Year is a pretty big deal in the world of organization, I thought I should take a moment today to talk about one of my most favorite things. Setting Goals!

3 Concepts That Helped Me Grow My Blog (And Enjoy The Process)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2013 | 9 comments
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It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my blog — and I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

Today I’m sharing 3 things that helped me get into my blogging grove, grow my traffic, AND (most importantly) really enjoy the process.