Productivity

Know What You Don’t Want (A Story of How Our Family Almost Had a TV Show!)

posted by Andrea | 02/26/2019 | 14 comments

A few years ago, I was contacted by a TV network who apparently wanted to feature our family in an upcoming TV show… believe it or not, I told them “no thanks”.

Today I’m sharing why I said “no”… as well as why I feel it’s so important to know what we DON’T want for our lives, our families, our schedules, etc.

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! 

Save Time, Energy, and Sanity by Dropping Tasks

posted by Andrea | 01/30/2019 | 13 comments

While we technically cannot “make more time”, we CAN pick and choose many of the activities, tasks, events, and to-dos we spend our hours on each day (and the activities we DON’T spend our hours on).

My question for you… What activities could you DROP to give your schedule a little breathing room?

My Simple and Effective Way to Get Started On Any Project

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2019 | 6 comments

I know what it feels like to be “too busy”, to have more to-do list than time, and to procrastinate on various projects because they feel too overwhelming.

Fortunately, I have a super simple (yet very effective) motivator that seems to work almost every time I feel procrastination setting in. I’m sharing more in today’s post!

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!

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 | 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!!

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!

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!

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!

Master Your Mindless Manners to Reach Your Goals

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2018 | 13 comments

I’m back with another goal related post (yes, I know it’s halfway through the year, not the beginning of a new year) because I’m a firm believer that in order to reach our goals, we must revisit them on a very regular basis.

Today I’m sharing more about “mindless manners” and how mastering my own mindless manners has been an important part of reaching my goals.

How I Increase My Productivity by Using Short, Specific To-Do’s

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2018 | 19 comments

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed, frustrated, or constricted by to-do lists, my hope is that making a couple small adjustments in HOW you create your lists might just be the trick you need to jump back on the daily list-making bandwagon!

I can speak from personal experience that my methods work! 🙂

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2018 | 21 comments

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!

3 Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2018 | 10 comments

If you think about how many hundreds and thousands of little (and big) decisions we need to make every single day, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from “decision fatigue”.

If you feel like you struggle with decision fatigue, I hope the 3 tips in today’s post will help lighten your load and allow you to make fewer decisions throughout the day.