A Day With the Dekkers (January 2015 Edition)

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2015 | 29 comments
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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.

7 Tips for a More Productive Morning (and why I’m not following most of them!)

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2014 | 28 comments
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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.

My Thoughts on Intentional Free Time (and why I don’t “sleep when the baby sleeps”)

posted by Andrea | 10/17/2014 | 11 comments
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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!

Reduce Procrastination by Making it Easy to Start

posted by Andrea | 07/30/2014 | 26 comments
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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.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

posted by Andrea | 05/27/2014 | 16 comments
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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.

5 Tips to ‘Do It Now’ When You’re Super Busy

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2014 | 17 comments
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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.

Daily Maintenance is Key: Lessons From My Maternity Leave

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2014 | 27 comments
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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!

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!

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.

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 Changed My Most Productive Time of Day

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2013 | 19 comments
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Over the past 12 months, I’ve been on a mission to change my most productive time of day from the early morning hours to later in the evening.

For those of you who are night owls, this concept might seem ridiculous. However, for those of you who (like me) are early birds, you understand all too well the difficulty of accomplishing anything productive after 9:00pm. Keep reading to learn how (and why) I made the switch!

Working With Self-Imposed Deadlines

posted by Andrea | 04/30/2013 | 18 comments
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When I made the transition from working full-time outside of the home to working full-time from home, I struggled with self-imposed deadlines — and therefore, struggled with productivity. However, after a few years of practice, I’m getting better :)

In my personal experience, self-imposed deadlines are one reason I’m able to do everything I do and still have time left over for fun!

10 Ways to Boost Productivity in 10 Minutes or Less

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2013 | 16 comments
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As soon as the weather starts getting warmer, I find that my productivity starts to plummet. My solution is to make a list of quick tasks I can do in 10 minutes or less… and thus quickly get back in my productivity groove.

Today, I’m sharing 10 of my favorite ways to boost productivity — all in 10 minutes or less!

Preparing to be Productive

posted by Andrea | 03/19/2013 | 3 comments
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I love being productive… and I’ve learned that in order to make the most of my time, I absolutely MUST plan ahead and prepare to be productive.

Today, I’m sharing HOW and WHY it’s so important for me to prepare to be productive.

Time-Management and Multi-Tasking

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2013 | 9 comments

Would you like to make MORE time? Join the club!
And what about multi-tasking? Do you love it or hate it? I think I fall somewhere in the middle on that one…

Today I’m sharing two guest posts I recently wrote on these subjects… and I have a lot to say!

My Thoughts on Busyness, Routines, Over-Commitment, and Recharging

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2012 | comment
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This past month, I wrote several guest posts for other blogs — these post topics include my thoughts on “Being Committed vs. Being Over-Committed”, “Unplugging and Recharging”, “Creating a Successful Work-From-Home Routine”, and “Being Busy vs. Being Productive”

Guest Posts Worth Reading

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2012 | comment
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I’ve written several guest posts over the past couple of months, and linked to a few of my favorites right here.

I’m talking about starting a business on the cheap, giving back to your community, learning to be more creative, increasing productivity, and more!

I’m Closing Down My Blog… for 2 Weeks!

posted by Andrea | 07/17/2012 | 79 comments
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Since summer is already half over, and since Dave will be going back to school before we know it, I’ve decided to take 2 full weeks off from blogging.

My hope is to get some much needed rest, cross a few things off my list, have a little fun, and come back with new energy and lots of new ideas to share here on Simple Organized Living!

Why I Use Deadlines

posted by Andrea | 07/5/2012 | 5 comments
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Even though I don’t tend to procrastinate, deadlines still give me that extra incentive to “do it now” instead of waiting until later.

If you’re feeling weighed down with everything you have to do, deadlines might just help you cross a few more items off your to-do lists.

Guest Posts Worth Reading

posted by Andrea | 07/3/2012 | 1 comment
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Every month I write several guest posts for other blogs. This month, some of my favorite guest posts were about “Embracing Summer as a Small Business Owner”, “Boosting Productivity with Flexible Schedules”, “Creating Mid-Year Goals”, and more.

Click through to read what I have to say!

Guest Posts Worth Reading

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2012 | comment
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I wrote a bunch of guest posts this month and included a few of my favorites right here. If you’re looking to simplify your summer schedule or add hours to your day, I’ve got several tips to share.

I’m also talking about the pros and cons of working as a virtual assistant, as well as how listening to music can actually help you be MORE productive!

Five Social Media Time Savers

posted by Andrea | 04/9/2012 | comment
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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, StumbleUpon, Instagram, Quora, Digg, YouTube, etc. etc. There are so many different social media venues… I find it impossible to keep up with them all!

While I think it’s absolutely essential for small businesses to utilize the massive {and totally free} advertising and promotional opportunities provided by social media; I’m also the first to admit that they can be a HUGE time-suck.