Time Management

The Importance of Margin Time

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2016 | 37 comments

Just as the margins of books, newspapers, and magazines give our eyes a break from all the words on the pages, margins in our life give us a break from all the busyness, stress, and chaos.

Today I’m sharing why I feel “margin time” is one of the simplest and most important things I do to alleviate that frazzled feeling that often shows up if I have even the slightest notion that I might be running behind.

One More Reason To Say “No”

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2016 | 12 comments

Looking for ONE more reason (or just a little more courage) to say “no” when someone asks you to do something that you just don’t think you can make the time to do?

I hope today’s post will be the encouragement and motivation you need…

Saying “No” Shows Respect

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2016 | 21 comments

Saying “no” is rarely fun or enjoyable for me as I naturally want to say yes to so many things (I’m sure many of you can relate).

However, in my opinion, saying “no” upfront shows that I respect myself, my time, my prior commitments, and even the person or organization I’m saying “no” to.

When (Some) Busyness Leads to (Mostly) Simple

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2016 | 13 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!

Do It Now: My Personal Time-Management ‘Rule’

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2016 | 41 comments

When it comes to getting stuff done, I almost always choose to “do it now” rather than wait until later.

I realize there are A LOT of people who don’t share this mindset; however, I think my “do it now” philosophy has been one of the key factors in keeping my home and my life simplified and organized.

Simple Living and Practicing What I Preach

posted by Andrea | 04/6/2016 | 49 comments

It’s been just over NINE years since I started my business, and boy has a lot changed since then! One thing that hasn’t changed though, is the constant “pressure” to do more, be more, make more, grow, expand, etc.

Today, I’m sharing why I’m intentionally NOT growing, expanding, or doing “more”…

Save Time (and your sanity) By Determining Your Bare Minimum

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2016 | 24 comments

The other day, as I was quickly wiping down the bathroom counters and swishing some bleach around in the toilets, I realized that I have yet to share one of my MOST time-saving, sanity-saving tips here on the blog!

Today, I’m sharing my “bare minimum” lists for various aspects of my life… and boy have these mental lists saved me so much time, energy, and sanity over the past few years!

Why I Don’t Separate My Business and Personal Lives

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2016 | 29 comments

I recently heard a statistic that by the year 2020, 50% of the workforce will have the opportunity to work remotely for part of their work week!

If you are one of the many people who work from home, I’d love to hear your thoughts on mixing your business and personal lives…

Personal Planner Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2015 | 25 comments

If I were as cool as Oprah and did a big fancy “Andrea’s Favorite Things” event at Christmas time, the Personal Planner would make my gift list every single year! I love how simple and easy it is to customize this planner to exactly what I want and need it to be… plus it’s really pretty!

If you’re in the market for a new 2016 planner, head on over to enter my giveaway!!

How I’m Using Weekly To-Do’s to Increase Efficiency

posted by Andrea | 09/24/2015 | 26 comments

Written to-do lists have worked wonders for me over the course of my 30 years… but for the last few months, I’ve made a slight tweak in how I make my to-do lists. I honestly never thought I’d notice any difference, however, I’m shocked at how much more efficient I have been as a result!

Why I Try to Stay On Top of the Little Things

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2015 | 13 comments

It often seems that when small, seemingly unimportant tasks catch up with us, the larger, more important tasks start to feel too big and overwhelming for us to tackle — which makes it even easier to procrastinate.

If you can relate, today’s post is a must-read for you!

4 Tips to Simplify Back-to-School

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2015 | 8 comments

Even though there are still few more weeks until Dave is officially back in school, reality is starting to sink in here at the Dekker house, and back-to-school preparations are beginning.

Today, I’m sharing 4 things we do to help simplify and de-stress this busy time of year!

NEW Customizable Double Daily Planner (Finally!)

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2015 | 13 comments

After about 5 years of being asked if I have an editable version of my double daily planner printable, I can FINALLY say yes 🙂

Thanks to a loyal reader who had the appropriate software and graciously offered to do it for me, you now all have access to this free and very useful document!!

When You Have the Time… But Not the Energy

posted by Andrea | 07/8/2015 | 18 comments

When it comes to time management and productivity, I believe there are many ways we can learn to better utilize our time and learn to be more productive.

However, there’s also the factor of how much energy we have at various points in our lives — and that’s what I’m talking about today!

Time + Money Management: We Have a Choice

posted by Andrea | 06/22/2015 | 48 comments

Over the years, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I can’t afford that” or “I don’t have time for that”… and I guess it just bothers me that so many people seem to have such a “defeatist” attitude towards their lack of time and money.

The reason it bothers me is because I personally feel very strongly that in almost every situation, we have a choice as to how we will spend our time and our money… I’d love to know if you agree with me or not (and why!)

So… What Exactly Is A Top-5 List?

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2015 | 11 comments

Four years ago, I shared a post about my Top-5 List and how it helps to reduce procrastination and increase productivity.

Today, I’m sharing a follow-up post, answering the many questions I’ve gotten about my Top-5 List… definitely a must-read if you’d like to get more done in less time 🙂

Creating Change When You Just Feel Too Busy

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2015 | 1 comment

If you can relate to feeling too busy, I hope the ideas and concepts in this post will be helpful and encouraging for you — and, more importantly, I hope they will motivate you to make some changes in your life.

In my own personal experience, I’ve never once regretted creating that change yet!

Working From Home With Kids: Creating Structure and Being Flexible

posted by Andrea | 03/17/2015 | 25 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!