Time Management

We HAVE the Time… We Just Don’t MAKE it

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2014 | 34 comments
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We ALL get 24 hours to do whatever we need and want to do each day. What we make of that time is up to US.

In today’s posts, I’m sharing one of my weird pet peeves — and also how I empower myself by swapping out one simple word!

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.

A New Normal… how I changed my most productive time of day again!

posted by Andrea | 05/19/2014 | 10 comments
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Last May, I blogged about how I changed my most productive time of day to the evening hours — and that has been working REALLY well for me this past year.

Then Simon was born and I had to make more adjustments in my schedule in order to pack everything in. Today, I’m sharing how I’ve been tweaking and changing my schedule to accommodate both kiddos, my home, my business, and more!

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!

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/10/2014 | 32 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.

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 ‘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!

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 | 6 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 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!

Time-Management and Multi-Tasking

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

How I Took Control of My Email Inbox

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2013 | 16 comments
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I get SO many questions asking about email management; so in today’s post, I tried to break it down into baby-steps to give you a clear picture of what I do each time I check my email — and how these specific steps help me take control of my Inbox.

If you’re struggling with email overload, this post is for you!

Organize Your Office… 5 Minutes at a Time

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2013 | 3 comments
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It’s a common misconception that any amount of organization must take lots and lots of time and energy. However, that’s simply not true.

Not only can you GET organized over a series of 5 to 10-minute increments, you can also STAY organized by spending 5 minutes at different points throughout the day, quickly cleaning and organizing your workspace.

Weekend Giveaway: TidyMighty Printable Organizers

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2013 | 260 comments
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We’re almost 2 weeks into the New Year so if you haven’t made any New Year’s goals yet, it might be time to sit down and think about a few things you’d like to do, change, or improve on in the year ahead.

If one of your goals is to get more organized, today’s giveaway from TidyMighty Printable Organizers should help you do just that!

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”

5 Choices When You’re Short on Time

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2012 | 9 comments
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As much as I don’t want to admit it, the lazy days of summer are winding down, and the crazy, busy back-to-school days are just around the corner.

If you’re feeling overly busy right now — or if you’re like us and wondering how you’re going to fit everything in over the next few months — I have some tips that might help :)

How Do You Work Best?

posted by Andrea | 08/3/2012 | 8 comments
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Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about WHERE I work best, WHEN I work best, and HOW I work best, partially because I’m weird and like to think about things like that… but mainly because my time is limited these days and I need to know that I’m making the best use of my working hours.

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!

How I Organize My Weekly Blog Posts

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2012 | 38 comments
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I write anywhere from 7-14 posts each week — both for my own blog, as a contributor for several other blogs… so I definitely need to have a “plan” in place to assure that I don’t duplicate topics, miss deadlines, or run out of things to say {although, I think Dave would tell you that’s impossible!}

And since a few of you have asked how I manage all these posts, I figured maybe I should share “my plan” with you!