Productivity

How I Use My Early Morning Quiet Hours

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2018 | 23 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. 

Do You Struggle To Stay Motivated? You’re Not Alone!

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2018 | 17 comments

Whether you’re trying to start a new business, get more organized, make more time for yourself, increase your productivity, or decrease your debt, there will always be times when you are super motivated, and other times when you’re not.

Guess what… this is completely NORMAL. Today I’m sharing why!

One Simple Task to Clean Up Your Home

posted by Andrea | 03/7/2018 | 20 comments

I’m often asked if I have ONE single tip to help people magically clean up and better organize their homes — unfortunately I don’t.

HOWEVER, today I’m sharing what I’d say if I had to chose just one piece of advice for anyone feeling overwhelmed with the state of their home.

My New Planner Layout

posted by Andrea | 02/19/2018 | 25 comments

I’ve been using a Personal Planner for the last 5+ years — and I’ve used the same layout every year.

However, this year, I decided I wanted to try a different page layout… crazy enough, I’m super happy with the difference this one small change has made in my productivity and efficiency!

Personal Planner Giveaway and Discount!

posted by Andrea | 01/3/2018 | 15 comments

I’m not sure I can get away with starting another New Year without sharing another Personal Planner giveaway and discount code here on my blog!

If you’re in the market for a new planner, I would highly recommend trying a Personal Planner this year!

My Personal Definition of “Too Busy”

posted by Andrea | 12/20/2017 | 11 comments

Try as you may, there is NO “one-size-fits-all” definition of what is too busy for every single person.

Instead, I’ve come up with my own personal definition of what “too busy” means for me… I have a feeling it might helpful for others to consider as well. 

6 Reasons Working from Home with Kids Works for Me (but might not work for you)

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2017 | 13 comments

If you’ve ever wondered how on earth I’m able to work from home with my kids, I hope these 6 reasons help to clear up any confusion.

I promise that I’m no “better” than any other working parent; I just have different skills and I’ve figured out a way to use those skills in a way that works best for me, for my personality, and for my family. 

My Current Goal: Have Less To Do!

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2017 | 13 comments

In general, I am the type of person who finds value and self-worth in how productive I am and what I can accomplish in any given period of time.

If you have a similar “do it now” personality — or if you’re just weighed down by too much on your plate, I’m sharing a few relatively simple and very doable ways I have been able to enjoy fewer things on my to-do list, fewer outside commitments and obligations, and a whole lot less stress!

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 5-Minute Procrastination Hack

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2017 | 21 comments

Although I do try to stay on-top of my home, family, and business responsibilities, I’ve noticed that the easiest times for me to procrastinate are when I have one larger project or to-do looming over my head… can you relate?

Today, I’m sharing a super simple 5-minute procrastination hack that works so well for me!

Why I Prepare to Be Productive

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2017 | 13 comments

Over the past 7+ years of blogging, I have shared my fair share of productivity tips, tricks, and tools — but as with almost everything in life, my productivity changes as my season of life changes.

Today, however, I’m sharing the one productivity tip that has worked for me for many, many years — and one I suspect will continue working for years to come!

Two “Secrets” to Being Productive AND Being a Present Parent

posted by Andrea | 02/13/2017 | 29 comments

I’m often asked for any “secrets” I have to being productive while also being a “present parent” who plays with their kids, shows interest in what they want to do, reads books with them, does crafts together, etc.

I realize there are MANY variables that could come into play here, but as I’ve thought about these questions over the past couple of years, 2 simple concepts (a.k.a “secrets”) came to mind…

Creating Routine… When Every Day is Different

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2017 | 21 comments

As a self-employed, work-from-home mom of 3 energetic, non-school-age children, my days can be very VERY unpredictable… and this lack of structure starts to wear on me after a while!

Today I’m sharing a few basic routines I’ve implemented that allow our family to thrive, even when every day is different. I think the concepts could be implemented into many different family situations too.

Maybe Busyness Isn’t Always Bad

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2017 | 7 comments

Sometimes, I think we get sucked into thinking that all busyness is bad, unnecessary, and something that could or should be avoided — like if our lives are busy, we’re doing something wrong.

But in reality, busy times are often just part of life. They are not always avoidable, nor are they always bad…