Work

A Different Perspective on Two Working Parents

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2017 | 32 comments

If I’m honest, I’ve often felt a little guilty about the time I spend working (even though I’m working from home).

However, I recently realized that although it can be tricky to find the right “balance” and enough time for everything when both Dave and I work, with a little bit of a different perspective on things, I can see the HUGELY positive effect my job (and my income) have on our family.

How I Declutter My Inbox With Gmail Filters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2017 | 23 comments

Due to my blog and all the different virtual assistant jobs I’ve had over the years, I currently have a very long list of email addresses that all go to one Gmail Inbox… even still, my Inbox almost always has less than 5 emails when I “close up shop” for the night.

I keep my Inbox organized and decluttered by setting up filters to automatically file my incoming emails to the appropriate folders. If you’ve never tried filters before, I’ll show you how to quickly set them up and start de-cluttering your own Inbox today!

My 5-Minute Procrastination Hack

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2017 | 21 comments

Although I do try to stay on-top of my home, family, and business responsibilities, I’ve noticed that the easiest times for me to procrastinate are when I have one larger project or to-do looming over my head… can you relate?

Today, I’m sharing a super simple 5-minute procrastination hack that works so well for me!

A Post for Anyone Who Struggles to Say ‘No’

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2017 | 10 comments

Saying ‘no’ is rarely ever fun or enjoyable — it’s not something we anxiously anticipate doing (at least I don’t!) However, I think the whole concept of saying ‘no’ has a bad reputation and is viewed as unnecessarily negative by so many people.

If you are the type of person who struggles to say ‘no’ I hope today’s post will be encouraging for you!

Why I Prepare to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2017 | 13 comments

Over the past 7+ years of blogging, I have shared my fair share of productivity tips, tricks, and tools — but as with almost everything in life, my productivity changes as my season of life changes.

Today, however, I’m sharing the one productivity tip that has worked for me for many, many years — and one I suspect will continue working for years to come!

Two “Secrets” to Being Productive AND Being a Present Parent

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2017 | 29 comments

I’m often asked for any “secrets” I have to being productive while also being a “present parent” who plays with their kids, shows interest in what they want to do, reads books with them, does crafts together, etc.

I realize there are MANY variables that could come into play here, but as I’ve thought about these questions over the past couple of years, 2 simple concepts (a.k.a “secrets”) came to mind…

How I Became More Easy Going By Planning Ahead!

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2017 | 31 comments

This might sound like a crazy oxymoron… but it’s completely true for my life! Without faithfully planning ahead and incorporating structure into my daily routine, I would not be able to enjoy the benefits of a simpler, less stressful, more relaxing, more easy-going way of life.

Can anyone relate?

Creating Routine… When Every Day is Different

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2017 | 21 comments

As a self-employed, work-from-home mom of 3 energetic, non-school-age children, my days can be very VERY unpredictable… and this lack of structure starts to wear on me after a while!

Today I’m sharing a few basic routines I’ve implemented that allow our family to thrive, even when every day is different. I think the concepts could be implemented into many different family situations too.

Developing the Habit of Simple Living

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2017 | 39 comments

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!

My Thoughts, 4 Years After Rebranding My Business

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2017 | 26 comments

As we start a fresh new year, I thought it might be fun to revisit a time when I started over fresh with my business — that time I rebranded my entire blog and business!

Believe it or not, it’s been almost FOUR years since I changed the name of my blog and my business — which means I’ve officially been “Andrea Dekker” for longer than I was “Simple Organized Living” — crazy!

Maybe Busyness Isn’t Always Bad

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2017 | 7 comments

Sometimes, I think we get sucked into thinking that all busyness is bad, unnecessary, and something that could or should be avoided — like if our lives are busy, we’re doing something wrong.

But in reality, busy times are often just part of life. They are not always avoidable, nor are they always bad…

My “Maintenance Mode” Business Goal

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2017 | 44 comments

So often, we talk about “maintenance mode” in a negative way — as in “I’m so busy, I have no time for anything. I’m simply in ‘maintenance mode’ trying hold the pieces together.”

That is NOT the type of maintenance mode I’m referring to today though — I’m speaking of it in a much more positive light, as a current goal for my business!

A New Planner for A New Year!

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2017 | 15 comments

As many of you know, I love my Personal Planner and have ordered that brand for the last several years.

Since my Personal Planner giveaway is always so popular, I’m back with another opportunity for you to win their newest A4 planner – perfect for those of you who want to get a little more organized in the New Year!

How I Prioritize My Time

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2016 | 13 comments

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.

Yes, You CAN Have Too Much Of A Good Thing

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2016 | 8 comments

Have you ever felt like you were juggling too many responsibilities, being pulled in too many different directions, or “wearing too many hats”?

If so, I hope today’s post will help you take a step back, look at ALL those good things you’re doing, and figure out a way to cut back. It won’t be easy, but I don’t think you’ll regret it.

It’s BACK! My Favorite Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2016 | 48 comments

It’s THAT time of year again — time to order next year’s planner!

My amazing Personal Planner arrived last week… and since it’s just 7 weeks until the New Year, I’m giving away a handful of Personal Planners today (and the giveaway is open worldwide!!!!)

I Made the Time… and You Can Too!

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2016 | 24 comments

Over the past 6 weeks, I read more books than I have in the past 6 years combined… not because I’m on a quest for knowledge, but simply because I staged a self-inflicted time-management experiment.

Today I’m sharing 4 tips that helped me MAKE more time, as well as some encouragement for those of you who wish you could make more time!

Don’t Let Urgent Get in the Way of Important

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2016 | 16 comments

One thing I have stressed over and over and over again in my own life, with past clients, with my children, and here on my blog is the importance of planning ahead.

I could talk about planning ahead all day long, but if I had to boil it down to one single reason why planning ahead helps me to simplify, streamline, and de-stress my entire life, it would be this: Planning ahead lets me focus on the IMPORTANT instead of dealing with the URGENT.