Blogging

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!

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!

5 Years of AndreaDekker.com!

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2018 | 68 comments

FIVE years ago this weekend, I announced the new name for my blog — AndreaDekker.com and I’m happy to say that I’m still doing EXACTLY what I set out to do 5 years ago!

I’m taking a little walk down memory lane today, with some fun “then and now” pictures and a heart-felt thank-you to all of you who have stuck around for so long!

2000… and Counting!

posted by Andrea | 11/2/2017 | 25 comments

As of yesterday, I’m officially back from my 5-week maternity leave… yay! 

AND, as of yesterday, I have officially published 2000 posts here on my blog… wowzers! 

How I Declutter My Inbox With Gmail Filters

posted by Andrea | 03/23/2017 | 25 comments

Due to my blog and all the different virtual assistant jobs I’ve had over the years, I currently have a very long list of email addresses that all go to one Gmail Inbox… even still, my Inbox almost always has less than 5 emails when I “close up shop” for the night.

I keep my Inbox organized and decluttered by setting up filters to automatically file my incoming emails to the appropriate folders. If you’ve never tried filters before, I’ll show you how to quickly set them up and start de-cluttering your own Inbox today!

My Thoughts, 4 Years After Rebranding My Business

posted by Andrea | 01/19/2017 | 26 comments

As we start a fresh new year, I thought it might be fun to revisit a time when I started over fresh with my business — that time I rebranded my entire blog and business!

Believe it or not, it’s been almost FOUR years since I changed the name of my blog and my business — which means I’ve officially been “Andrea Dekker” for longer than I was “Simple Organized Living” — crazy!

My “Maintenance Mode” Business Goal

posted by Andrea | 01/5/2017 | 44 comments

So often, we talk about “maintenance mode” in a negative way — as in “I’m so busy, I have no time for anything. I’m simply in ‘maintenance mode’ trying hold the pieces together.”

That is NOT the type of maintenance mode I’m referring to today though — I’m speaking of it in a much more positive light, as a current goal for my business!

The Blogs I’m Reading (2015)

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2015 | 40 comments

Since I won’t be blogging as frequently for the rest of the summer, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite blogs and bloggers with you.

This way, you’ll have a little extra reading material while I’m away from my computer enjoying my family and a little more free time!

My Blogging Plan for this Summer and After Baby

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2015 | 21 comments

It’s official — my yogurt, cheese, and eggs all have expiration dates after my due date! And while we still have a lot to do before the baby arrives, we also have SO much to celebrate!

Today, I’m sharing a bit more of my tentative blogging plan for this summer… and I’m “spilling the beans” about a super fun Celebration Week going on next week here on the blog!

Why I’m Still “Doing It All Myself”

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2015 | 94 comments

When it comes to my blog and business, I’m often asked why I haven’t hired anyone to take over part of what I do — or to do all that “boring stuff” like social media, email newsletters, proofreading, editing, etc.

Unfortunately, I don’t have a super simple answer for these questions… but today, I’m sharing approximately 1500 words as to why I’m still doing it all myself after almost 8 years!

AndreaDekker.com… Start Here!

posted by Andrea | 10/20/2014 | 22 comments

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve made a few small changes to my blog… and as I was updating things, I realized that I’ve never done any type of “start here” post for new readers.

So although I know many of you are veteran readers (and I’m so grateful for you) I thought it might be time for an AndreaDekker.com “how-to post” — and I think even you veteran readers might learn something new!

If My Passion Becomes a Paycheck

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2014 | 42 comments

Since I’m often asked (both by readers and other bloggers) how I’ll know when, if ever, it’s time to hang up my keyboard, close down the blog, and move on with my life, I thought I’d share my super simple answer in today’s post.

But don’t worry, I’m not planning to go anywhere any time soon 🙂

So…What Exactly Is a Virtual Assistant?

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2014 | 30 comments

Every time I write a blog post about my Virtual Assistant (VA) work, or even casually mention what I do, the emails and questions start coming in.

So today, I’m sharing my personal experience working as a VA for the past 4 years — and hopefully answering some of the questions I get on a very regular basis.

Graphs and Charts and Survey Results… Oh My!

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2014 | 27 comments

I’m FINALLY sharing the results from the blog survey I asked you to take way back in February. I learned so much from that survey and was blown away by all your kind, generous, and encouraging responses. Thank you!

I had a little (OK, a lot) of fun making a few graphs and charts to outline the results… some of which might surprise you!

One Year Ago…

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2014 | 24 comments

One year ago today, I made the humongously scary decision to totally change my blog and business name from Simple Organized Living to AndreaDekker.com.

Today, I’m sharing a few of my thoughts looking back.

My Top 10 Favorite Working From Home Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2014 | 5 comments

As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite working from home posts — all about time management, productivity, blogging, my experiences running a business, and more!

3 Concepts That Helped Me Grow My Blog (And Enjoy The Process)

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2013 | 10 comments

It’s been a little over 3 years since I started my blog — and I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot, I’ve grown a lot, and I’ve had a lot of fun along the way.

Today I’m sharing 3 things that helped me get into my blogging grove, grow my traffic, AND (most importantly) really enjoy the process.

Social Media Is Not Always To Blame

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2013 | 24 comments

Recently, I feel social media has gotten a bad rap for being a “time suck” and causing unrealistic expectations. I get this; however, I don’t think social media is always to blame for all of that, and I personally feel the benefits of social media far outweigh any negative aspects.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I have personally benefited from social media — and I’d love to hear your thoughts too!