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!!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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!