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”…
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Over the last few months, many of you have requested a day-in-the-life post, and I suppose it has been a couple years already… so I’m due for an update!
While no 2 days are ever exactly alike (can you relate), here’s what a relatively normalish weekday looks like in our house.
If you’re looking for a few tips to get your morning off to a great start, this post should get you on the right track.
On the other hand, if you’re feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of waking up early, I’m right there with you… and I think you’ll take comfort in what I have to say at the end of this post.
For anyone who may be tempted to click away thinking “another post about babies… I’m not interested”, let me assure you this post has little to nothing to do with babies.
However, it might change the way you use your free time!
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.
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.
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.
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!