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Finding Focus

How to use Google Calendar to manage a busy family
Using Google Calendar to Manage a Family

Google Calendar. I think our entire family structure would descend into chaos without it. Okay, maybe not. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. However, the orderliness of our family life now that I have five adult kids who all live at home is heavily reliant on Google calendar. Let’s talk for a bit about how […]

Linking Evernote Notes together
How Linking Evernote Notes Helps You Get More Done

The ability to link my Evernote together, and to create links within my Evernote notes is a function I use often to enhance my productivity and functionality. I’ve written earlier about how I use my Evernote setup to organize my notes and notebooks by priority and not topics. This has been huge for helping me […]

Using Evernote to deal with the tedious details
Using Evernote to Keep Track of the Tedious but Necessary Details

I’ve written before how I order my Evernote notebooks and notebook stacks to enhance my productivity and stay on task. Well, another use for Evernote is to keep track of those tedious but necessary details of life. Case in Point: Dealing with the Hospital. In April 2015, many of you know that two of my kids […]

What is Google Keep and How will it help you get and stay organized?
What is Google Keep and Why Do I Love it?

Google Keep is Google’s note-taking app, introduced in March 2013. It’s similar to apps like Evernote and One Note. Each of these kinds of apps has their own strengths and weaknesses, of course. I like to use a mixture of them in ways that work best. In this post, I’ll be writing about how I […]

Acting vs Reacting: What is the Difference and How Does it Affect My Life?
Acting vs Reacting

One of the best skills you can ever develop as a human being is the fine art of acting vs reacting. This is one of those things you learn more and more as you get older. That is if you’re willing to listen to life’s lessons sent your way. A professor in college used to urge […]

Using Google Keep, Calendar, and Drive to Organize Recipes, Menus, and Shopping Lists
Using Google Keep & Drive to Organize Recipes, Menus, and Shopping Lists

I’ve found that using Google Keep, synced with Google Drive and Calendar, allows me to easily sort and organize my recipes, menu planning, and shopping lists. Let me tell you how. The Basics of Google Keep and Google Drive Recipe Archiving I already use Pinterest to pin recipes I want to try. I think most […]

dealing with Financial Emergencies and debt free living
Financial Emergencies and Living a Debt-Free Life

A recent report I read revealed a shocking statistic about financial emergencies. It reported 47% of Middle-Class Americans couldn’t cover a $400 emergency on their own.  They would need to borrow the money via credit cards, family loans, or other means. An odd rush of emotions came through as I read Neil Gabler’s excellent article in the […]

Living by Faith and a Plan
Living by Faith and a Plan

Is living by faith and setting goals at odds with one another? These are topics I’ve wrestled with in the past. Maybe you have too. The Two Sides of Living By Faith or By a Plan Is it too rigid for us to set goals and write out missions statements when we, as Christians, are to […]

What is moodboarding?
What is Moodboarding?

In the old analog days before digital took over (THANK GOD), we used to mood board literally. It went on a literal board. If you’ve watched much HGTV, you still see analog mood boards at work. The Designer pulls out a large board, puts it on an easel, and on the board, we have images […]

How to Get More Done with Less Stress Using Evernote
How to Get More Done with Less Stress Using Evernote

Evernote is one of my favorite cross-platform note-taking apps, but it is so much more than that. Truly, Evernote is the key to not only keeping my life organized but helping me get more done with less stress. Let me show you how you can get more done using Evernote too. Read on. The Evernote […]

Thoughts on minimizing the expense of working
Thoughts on Minimizing the Expense of Working

When you work away from home (or even if you work from home and are super busy), sometimes expenses can creep in that eat up whatever cash you’re earning, pulling that money away from what it’s meant to be spent on. I’m talking food, commuting, childcare, “stress-spending”, “treating yourself” and so forth.  Being a passionate […]

Worry is a misuse of imagination
Struggling with Focus? Here’s Help

We all probably realize we need better focus in our lives to take care of what we feel we need to do or should be doing. The real issue for most of us is how to maintain that focus. Here are a few tips I’ve learned in my life. Some Mental Downtime is Good for […]