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When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2016 | 13 comments
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Over the years, I have shared many of tips and tricks for simple living, decluttering, time management, and organization. I’ve also made it very clear that simple living is not always EASY. It requires hard work, dedication, and perseverance — trusting that those busy periods of life will eventually lead to simpler times.

Are you in a very busy period of life? If so, don’t feel guilty or like you’re doing everything wrong. Read today’s post and hopefully breathe a sigh of relief!

5 Signs Your Schedule is Too Full

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2016 | 18 comments
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Although it’s nearly impossible for me to suggest the number of tasks that is “too much” for any given person, I do think it’s possible to gauge whether OUR OWN schedule is too full right now based on a few tell-tale signs of overly-busy people.

Today I’m sharing 5 signs that your schedule might be too full — as well as a few steps you can take to simplify your schedule!

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

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2016 | 39 comments
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When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than wait 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.

Simple Living and Practicing What I Preach

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2016 | 49 comments
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It’s been just over NINE years since I started my business, and boy has a lot changed since then! One thing that hasn’t changed though, is the constant “pressure” to do more, be more, make more, grow, expand, etc.

Today, I’m sharing why I’m intentionally NOT growing, expanding, or doing “more”…

Our Thought Process Can Boost Productivity and Performance

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2016 | 25 comments
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Have you ever taken the time to think about your thought process? If so, you might have noticed that by thinking through various events, projects, and tasks in your day-to-day life, you can dramatically increase your productivity and improve your performance.

I’ve noticed this time and time again in my own life… and today, I’m sharing several examples.

Be Prepared to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 03/21/2016 | 11 comments
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I haven’t posted many productivity tips over the past several months… most likely due to the fact that I personally haven’t felt extremely productive over the past several months!

Well, today I’m back with a post about how I prepare to be productive — and how this practice has allowed me to accomplish more, stress less, sleep more, and procrastinate less!

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 23 comments
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The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

The Thing To Do When You Get Off Track

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2016 | 17 comments
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Have you lost steam and gotten off track with any of your current goals, projects, or tasks?

If so, today’s posts offers a VERY simple solution (and hopefully a little motivation) to push forward and move on!

Why I Don’t Separate My Business and Personal Lives

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2016 | 29 comments
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I recently heard a statistic that by the year 2020, 50% of the workforce will have the opportunity to work remotely for part of their work week!

If you are one of the many people who work from home, I’d love to hear your thoughts on mixing your business and personal lives…

How I Use My Planner

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2016 | 32 comments
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Over the past 5 years, I have shared several posts about the planners I have used… but I don’t think I’ve ever shared exactly HOW I use my planner, or why this method works so well for me.

Obviously, I don’t expect my method to be the perfect system for everyone else. However, maybe what works for me will spark a few new ideas that will work better for you!

Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2015 | 25 comments
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If I were as cool as Oprah and did a big fancy “Andrea’s Favorite Things” event at Christmas time, the Personal Planner would make my gift list every single year! I love how simple and easy it is to customize this planner to exactly what I want and need it to be… plus it’s really pretty!

If you’re in the market for a new 2016 planner, head on over to enter my giveaway!!

How Lowering My Expectations Increased My Productivity and My Mood

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2015 | 9 comments
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Whether it’s wrangling 3 kids all day, accomplishing various daily to-dos, creating a budget, or working on house and yard projects, I’ve found that my productivity often INCREASES when I lower my expectations a bit and try to be as realistic as possible.

Plus, I’m much happier, more relaxed, less stressed, and less tired because of it! Win – Win!

Because it’s Rarely the “Right Time” to Get Started

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2015 | 9 comments
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Do you have a list of projects, tasks, and goals you’ve been putting off until the timing is just right?

If so, I hope today’s posts will be the motivation you need to get started RIGHT NOW… because it’s rarely ever the “right time” to get started!

How I’m Using Weekly To-Do’s to Increase Efficiency

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2015 | 26 comments
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Written to-do lists have worked wonders for me over the course of my 30 years… but for the last few months, I’ve made a slight tweak in how I make my to-do lists. I honestly never thought I’d notice any difference, however, I’m shocked at how much more efficient I have been as a result!

Why I Try to Stay On Top of the Little Things

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2015 | 13 comments
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It often seems that when small, seemingly unimportant tasks catch up with us, the larger, more important tasks start to feel too big and overwhelming for us to tackle — which makes it even easier to procrastinate.

If you can relate, today’s post is a must-read for you!

How I Prioritize My Time

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2015 | 11 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 | 13 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!