Schedules

Why I Switched Back to 1 Planner (+ Giveaway)

posted by Andrea | 11/21/2019 | 25 comments
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As you might remember, I ordered both a wall calendar AND a small planner last year… and while this 2-part system worked OK, I decided to switch back to just using a planner again this year.

I explain more in today’s post — and I’ve got another Personal Planner giveaway (and discount code) for those of you who are anxiously waiting to order YOUR 2020 planner!

99 Effective Ways to Say No

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2019 | 6 comments

When I thought up the idea for a post about different ways to say “No”, I originally entitled it 21 Ways to Say “No”. As the days went on, I continued to think up more ways, and finally “capped” myself at 99 Ways to Say “No”!

If you struggle to say “No”, PLEASE read this post, bookmark this post, and refer back to it often! With 99 ways to say “No”, there’s one for any situation!

9 Simple Techniques to Create More Time Every Day

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2019 | 8 comments

Do you ever wish you could have more time every day — even just an extra hour?

Obviously, having a literal extra hour is impossible… but what if there were a few simple things you could do right now to instantly create more time every day? I’m sharing 9 of my favorite techniques in today’s post!

Enjoy Stress-Free Mornings With My 5 Morning Must-Dos

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2019 | 17 comments

Are mornings stressful and chaotic in your home? If so, you can join the supposed 95% of Americans who say they “hate mornings” and continue living in chaos.

OR, you can read today’s post, and implement a few of my morning must-dos for stress-free mornings!

3 Questions I Ask Myself Before Saying “Yes”

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2019 | 8 comments

Over the course of my life, I have been asked to take on numerous different responsibilities — many of them as a volunteer, some as a paid opportunity. There have also been many things I’ve simply WANTED to do because they sound fun or exciting. 

But before I say “Yes” to any of these extra requests for my time (fun or not as fun) I ask myself a few questions…

A Quick Tip To Save Time In Doctor Offices

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2019 | 17 comments

Thankfully, our family does not spend all that much time waiting in doctor offices.

However, after 8 years of regular prenatal, postnatal, and well-child visits, I have learned a few tips and tricks to spend as little time as possible in waiting rooms (especially when I have other children along!) 

7 Specific Ways I Simplify My Life

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2019 | 31 comments

I am (and always have been) on a mission to simplify and streamline my life to allow more time and energy for the things, people, and activities that are most important to me. 

I know so many of you come here looking for specific tips to simplify and organize your own lives too, so today’s post is a compilation of 7 specific ways I simplify my life — as well as one over-arching life simplifier! 

Back-To-School Planner Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/5/2019 | 29 comments
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Since Dave always aligns his planners with the school year (and I know many of you do too) I thought it might be fun to offer a back-to-school planner GIVEAWAY from Personal Planner, my most favorite planner ever!

They have a few brand new layouts — one of which is perfect for how Dave uses his planner!

READER QUESTION: How Do You Handle Extra-Curricular Activities?

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2019 | 39 comments

A few weeks ago, I shared a Reader Question, asking how you handle fundraisers… and today, I’m back with another Reader Question (one I get very regularly) regarding extra-curricular activities! 

Along with so many of my readers, I am very curious to know how different families approach extra-curricular activities!

5 Ways I Simplify School Snacks and Lunches

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2019 | 35 comments

As I’m sure many of you can relate with, packing snacks and lunches was something I hated doing — I even had Dave do it for a while. However, this task has grown on me over the years and I’m now to the point where I actually enjoy it! 

What made the difference for me? A simplified routine, some fantastic lunch boxes, and a few more tips that I’m sharing in today’s post!

Why I Don’t Stress About Getting Back Into A “School Routine”

posted by Andrea | 08/5/2019 | 19 comments

You might be surprised to know that I don’t do much to get our family back into a school routine before the school year starts!

Yes, I AM still a huge advocate for planning ahead whenever possible, but when it comes to preparing for a new routine, there is only so much planning you can do! I explain more in today’s post!

Why We Prepare to Be Productive (Even in the Summer)

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2019 | 23 comments

We often think of summertime as no work, all play, beach days, sleeping in, vacations, and living carefree without any type of schedule. I don’t know about you, but that’s not how my summers are… even with Dave home all day!  

Productive is rarely a hot topic during the summer months — however, in my opinion, preparing to be productive is even more important for Dave and me during the summer months when we have SO many extra things we want to pack into our schedule. I explain more in today’s post!

A Peek Into Our Last Weeks of School

posted by Andrea | 06/4/2019 | 11 comments

Summer is here… well, almost! Nora has 2 more days of school left and then the “lazy days” of summer are officially here!

Come read about what we’ve been up to these past few weeks, some of our upcoming summer plans (we’re trying camping for the first time!), and all the food I’ve been making and baking (I got a sourdough starter!)

Don’t Cause Your Own Chaos

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2019 | 21 comments

A couple weeks ago, I had an extremely busy week… one day in particular was especially packed full. I woke up with my mind already swirling as I mentally tried to rearrange the day in attempts to fit all the pieces of the puzzle together.

I knew I couldn’t fit everything in, I knew I would end up stressed out and grumpy if I tried, and I knew I would look back on this day and regret it if I didn’t make a change… today I’m sharing the CHOICES I made to eliminate potential chaos from my day.

Our Current Weekday Routine (Spring 2019 edition)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2019 | 10 comments

Every week, I get emails asking me to share more about what our normal daily life looks like. 

I’ve shared these types of posts in the past, but they get outdated so quickly that I decided it was time for an updated look at what a fairly “normal” weekday looks like in the Dekker home!

An Update on My Calendar + Planner System

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2019 | 53 comments

Back in November, I shared my new Calendar + Planner approach to the New Year.

I honestly wasn’t exactly sure how well this Calendar + Planner system would (or wouldn’t) work for me, my family, my routine, etc. but I knew I wanted to give it a shot! Now, 3 months after using this system on a daily (sometimes hourly!) basis, I have a short list of pros and cons to share! 

Yes, You Can Learn To Be More Productive!

posted by Andrea | 02/20/2019 | 8 comments

For as much of my life as I can remember, I have been highly motivated by productivity — I think I was just born this way! That said, even if you weren’t born with super “productive powers”, I believe you can LEARN to be more productive IF you’re willing to invest a little time and effort. 

If you’re ready to jump-start your productivity, eliminate wasted time, and stop procrastinating, I have the perfect resource for you! 

My New Planner + Calendar Approach to 2019 (and a giveaway!)

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2018 | 43 comments

I’ve been using the Personal Planner for so many years now, and I truly can’t speak highly enough about it. It has always worked for me, for my family, and for my business in every season of life! 

Today I’m sharing my newest Personal Planner system (a calendar + planner approach to 2019) as well as a Personal Planner giveaway and discount coupon!!