Saying “no” is rarely fun or enjoyable for me as I naturally want to say yes to so many things (I’m sure many of you can relate).
However, in my opinion, saying “no” upfront shows that I respect myself, my time, my prior commitments, and even the person or organization I’m saying “no” to.
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!
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.
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”…
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!
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…
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!!
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.
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!
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!)
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!