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One Year Ago…

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2014 | 22 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 | 28 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 | 4 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.

Social Media Is Not Always To Blame

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2013 | 23 comments
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Recently, I feel social media has gotten a bad rap for being a “time suck” and causing unrealistic expectations. I get this; however, I don’t think social media is always to blame for all of that, and I personally feel the benefits of social media far outweigh any negative aspects.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I have personally benefited from social media — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!

Evernote and Post-it Notes – The Perfect Pair

posted by Andrea | 10/18/2013 | 9 comments
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A couple weeks ago, I attended the Evernote Conference in San Francisco, CA — mainly to be there when Evernote unveiled their brand new partnership with Post-it Brand.

That’s right, the wildly popular Evernote App has partnered with the Post-it Brand we all love — and today, my goal is to share exactly how this awesome partnership works and how it can help all of us to simplify and organize our lives on a daily basis.

My Trip to the Evernote Conference

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2013 | 30 comments
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I’m super excited to share that my 2-day blogging trip to San Francisco for the Evernote Conference super awesome, AND that Nora handled it MUCH MUCH better than any of us expected.

While it wasn’t exactly “restful,” it was re-energizing and relaxing to have a change of pace and to think my own thoughts all day. Also, chatting with grown-ups and eating food while it was still hot were nice bonuses too.

When Mama Puts Herself First… For Once!

posted by Andrea | 09/25/2013 | 52 comments
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Today is a monumental day in the Dekker household! For the very first time since Nora was born (over 22 months ago) this mama bird is leaving the nest. And yes, I feel SO anxious, nervous, sad, excited… and guilty.

Keep reading for more about my mom-only “vacation”… and a few 17 week baby bump pictures :)

Thoughts and Reflections after a Month Away

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2013 | 25 comments
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In case you missed it, I took the entire month of August off from blogging. However, after I announced I was taking a full month off, I found it interesting that MANY other bloggers emailed me asking more about why I took a break, how I decided on a month, and if I would share some of my thoughts once I returned.

I figured that was a reasonable request — so today I’m sharing my thoughts and answering a few questions I got over and over again.

Make More Time by Dropping Tasks

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2013 | 5 comments
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In my experience, dropping a task that I don’t have the time or energy for can be SO freeing — and exactly what I need to simplify.

If we just stop and think about all the things we do each day, I’m guessing that there are at least a few things we can drop to open up a little more breathing room in our schedules.

How to Start a Business… Today!

posted by Andrea | 07/16/2013 | 9 comments
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Over the years, I’ve answered many “how do I start a business?” questions; and although I definitely don’t have all the answers, I’m always surprised by how shocked people are when I explain how simple the beginning stages can be.

In fact, you could literally wake up tomorrow and legally go into business for yourself — it’s THAT easy.

Why I Need a Paper List to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 07/5/2013 | 23 comments
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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a list-making person, and despite years of trying (and trying) to find a paperless system that works for me, I’ve finally decided that paper and pen is the way for me — at least if I want to continue being productive!

Today, I’m sharing how paper lists help to increase my productivity AND some of my favorite paper-list-making tools.

How I Make Working From Home Work for Me

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2013 | 15 comments
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As many of you know from reading my posts, working from home has some huge advantages. However, working from home also has it’s challenges. Just like any other full-time working parent, Dave and I are forced to make sacrifices to be able to do what we love and be with the people we love.

Today, I’m sharing the simple concept I use to make working from home work for me.