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Two of My Favorite Benefits of Good Time Management

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2019 | 17 comments

I talk a lot about time management and productivity on the blog, and that’s because it IS important to me — but NOT just so I can “do more”.

In fact, as the years go by, I’ve realized that simply “doing more” is rarely the reason I strive to better manage my time. Of course, it’s always nice to accomplish more in less time… but my favorite benefits of good time management are quite different.

My 2019 Healthier Habit: Cooking, Grinding, and Baking With Whole Grains!

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2019 | 74 comments

For the past several years, I’ve chosen one or two smallish “Healthier Habits” to incorporate into my life and my family’s life — they’ve all stuck because I took my time to implement them and didn’t try to change everything at once.

Today I’m sharing more about my “healthier habit” for 2019 — cooking, grinding, and baking with whole grains!

How I Set Myself Up For Success Each Day

posted by Andrea | 01/2/2019 | 27 comments

On an average day, I accomplish more by 8am then I do for the rest of the day. Part of the reason for this is because I wake up early, but another huge factor in my morning productivity is that I plan ahead to set my mornings up for success.

Even if you’re not a morning person, the concepts in this post can be applied to your life to help you make the best use out of YOUR most productive hours of the day!

When Life Needs to Be Crazy for a Bit

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2018 | 12 comments

Obviously, I’m a huge advocate for simple-living. HOWEVER, I also know there must often be times of busyness, stress, frustration, and “too much” in order to reach a goal, meet a deadline, or get where you want to go in life.

If you’re in a season of extra busyness, but you feel like it’s the right thing for you at this point in your life — I hope today’s post will offer some encouragement and motivation to push forward!

How “Worst-Case-Scenario” Thinking Propels Me Forward

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2018 | 9 comments

Have you ever wondered something like, Can I freeze this food?, Can I swap these ingredients?, Would this style flatter my figure?, Will this product work for my home?, etc.?

If you sometimes feel paralyzed by indecisiveness or even just unsure of what to do in various situations, give my worst-case-scenario approach a try. I have a feeling it will liberate you and help you move forward in so many areas of life!

Why A Messy Planner Works for Me!

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2018 | 49 comments

This time of year, I always get so many questions about planners. And due to the craze in Bullet Journaling, lots of these questions have been about any stickers, color-coded systems, or embellishments I add to my planner. 

Surprisingly (or maybe not) I don’t add anything to my planner… in fact, my planner is REALLY messy! Today, I’m sharing why my “messy planner” works for me!

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

posted by Andrea | 11/29/2018 | 41 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!!

3 Tips to Arrive On Time (or early) With Young Children

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2018 | 57 comments

As I was talking with friends the other day, something they mentioned sparked an in-depth conversation about the things Dave and I do to help us get out the door and to our destination on time (often early) even with our children in tow.

My 3 tips really aren’t all that revolutionary — however, they are simple tactics we can all implement into our daily lives… and they work! If you struggle to arrive on time, try my tips and see if they help! 

4 Simple Responses for BUSY Adults

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2018 | 3 comments

Last week, I shared my 5 simple responses for BORED children. As a follow-up post, I thought it would be fun to share my 4 simple responses for BUSY adults! 

The next time you feel too BUSY or stretched just a little too thin, try one of these 4 responses to quickly quiet, calm, and de-stress your day.

DONE is Better Than PERFECT (My Top Productivity Tip)

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2018 | 24 comments

One of the pieces to my “productivity puzzle” is the fact that I am almost always focused on “done” versus “perfect”. I value quantity over quality (in a good way!), I work quickly and keep moving, I continually “do the next thing”, and I rarely get hung up on little details.

In my opinion, the vast majority of life can be accomplished with a “done is better than perfect” mindset — so let’s just save the perfection for heart surgeons and NASA engineers! 

The Productive Power of a 20 Minute Timer

posted by Andrea | 09/21/2018 | 18 comments

Since Day 1 of my blog (and my organizing business) I have preached the benefits of setting timers for various tasks and activities throughout the day.

If you tend to be easily side-tracked, today’s post might be just the motivation you need to make more progress on your to-do lists!

I Might Literally Have More “Usable Hours” In My Day!

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2018 | 28 comments

After sharing our new super-early morning routine a couple weeks ago, I was inundated with questions about how we survived on “only 6-7 hours of sleep”.

Honestly, Dave and I have never considered 6-7 hours to be a lack of sleep — and after reading so many of your emails and comments, it’s apparent that we might literally have more “usable hours” in our day compared to those of you who need 8-10 hours every night!

Goals, Goals, and More Goals!

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2018 | 4 comments

Goals have always been a fun topic for me to write about… mainly because I enjoy setting goals for myself, working towards those goals, and experiencing the thrill of eventually achieving my goals.

Today, I’m sharing links to my most favorite goal posts (pun intended!) from the past 8+ years!

Lifestyle Changes versus a Quick Fix

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2018 | 13 comments

As many of you probably already know, lifestyle changes are SO MUCH MORE WORK and usually take significantly longer to implement and enjoy the benefits. However, if you’re looking for long-term results that are actually maintainable, lifestyle changes are definitley the way to go!

I’m explaining more (with several examples from my own life) in today’s post!

I’m Learning to Delegate… and I’m Finally On Instagram!

posted by Andrea | 08/2/2018 | 39 comments

I realize delegating is not always an option; however, I can speak from experience that it IS an extremely effective way to simplify.

Today I’m sharing how I’ve simplified my business and personal lives by delegating some of my unloved responsibilities to others (this means you, social media!) I’m getting more done in less time, focusing more energy on the things I’m good at, and enjoying more freedom to pursue my own passions!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 07/20/2018 | 27 comments

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!

A Few Updates and Changes on the Blog

posted by Andrea | 07/10/2018 | 93 comments

I’ve been blogging for 8 years, and during that time, the internet has changed a TON. I find it nearly impossible to stay up with all the new trends, algorithms, and “best practices”… but maybe that’s because I really don’t care to try!

However, in an effort to practice what I preach, start small, do the next thing, and continue working towards improvement, I recently made a couple of smaller changes to my blog — I’m sharing those today!

How I Use My Early Morning Quiet Hours

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2018 | 25 comments

Since our kids are all in bed around 7:00pm every night, and since they all (usually) sleep through the night, I’m getting really good sleep, which means I can finally get back to waking up early again!

It might sound like an over-exaggeration, but every single aspect of my day runs smoother when I wake up early — I’m sharing more about how I use these early morning hours today!