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Time Management

I write many tips and thoughts on effective time management.

Managing our time is important because time is the stuff that makes up our lives. We can never get time back after it’s used. It took me years to learn how to manage my time better so that I have time for what matters most to me.

My posts about time management are not only for those running a business from home, or working professionally. I also write for moms who are chasing little ones all day. These time management tips are written for busy moms of all sorts.

Time Management to Make Time for What Matters Most

I want to help you have time for what matters most to you.

In these posts, I also share my favorite time managing tips for using apps and programs across different platforms. Whether you’re on a mobile phone, tablet, and desktop computer, I prefer apps that keep me synced. In particular, I write about using apps like Evernote, Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Google Drive Apps.

Solopreneur doesn't mean always flying solo

Solopreneur Doesn’t Mean Always Flying Solo

When starting out as a solopreneur (that is, an entrepreneur that works alone), you may be tempted to do it all yourself. And I get this impulse. I’m the same way. I’m a DIY sort of girl boss. Hubby says it’s more about being a control freak. We’ll agree to disagree there. Solopreneurs Can Rely on […]

Most Planners have THIS Huge Problem

Most Planners Have THIS Huge Problem

Earlier I wrote about my planner addiction and what a temptation all of the cool stuff in the stationery store is to me. I love planners, you guys. LOVE THEM. The thing is though, most planners have one fatal flaw that keeps them from working the way we think they’re going to. Can you guess […]

My Lifelong Quest for the Perfect Planner, and What I found

The Quest for the Perfect Planner

I don’t know what is wrong with me sometimes. The other day, I was walking through Michaels, on my way to buy a new sketchbook for my design projects (I go through three or four a year), when I saw a rack of discounted planners. I was momentarily distracted by all of the pretty planners […]

Overcoming Perfectionism and Distraction in Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling and Procrastination

There’s something about my love for all things creative, my fascination with finding the perfect planner, and bullet journaling. I love the look of bullet journals. I love that I get to have different colored pens and I get to draw stuff. Therein lies a big problem with bullet journaling for me. The pens, the […]

How to Maximize your productivity this Summer while having fun and enjoying your kids

Maximize Your WAHM Productivity this Summer While Enjoying Your Kids & Having Fun!

Summer is upon us, friends! I know most of you dread it because it wrecks havoc on your productivity. The main problems with summer and being a WAHM, from what I can tell, is a combination of a few things: The Kids don’t have a regular schedule and are home all day long. By the […]

have a little grace finding balance in your quest for productivity

Have a Little Grace ~ Finding Balance in your Quest for Productivity

Guess what I’ve learned over the course of 47 years on this earth? There’s no such thing as a perfect schedule or someone who is able to stay on task perfectly throughout each day. When it comes to stretching ourselves to be more productive it’s important not to undo any strides we make by beating […]

Work Smarter, not Harder. How to easily keep traffic coming to your website

How to Easily Keep Website Traffic Coming Your Way

There are only so many hours in a day. No work from home mom wants to spend the bulk of those hours chasing website traffic. For most of us, the problem isn’t laziness or not working harder. Work Smarter Not Harder Hard work wasn’t as much of an issue in my life until two of […]

The Flexibility of Working from Home

The Flexibility of Working from Home

Of all of the benefits of running a home-based business side hustle, I think the flexible schedule is what I love the best. Sometimes when I talk to moms who are thinking of working from home or working some kind of side hustle for a little extra money, they get hung up on The Schedule. […]

How to cure procrastination and build better habits

How to Cure Procrastination and Build Better Habits

I have a serious problem sometimes. Maybe I should say “Had” a serious problem. Although to be honest, it still crops up from time to time. Steven Pressfield in War of Art would call it “Resistance”. Maybe Gretchen Rubin would call it a bad habit. It’s procrastination, my friends.  Mixed, to be honest, with self-loathing, […]

Knowing Your Own “Shoulds” for Better Productivity

Maybe this is a bit of wisdom that comes with age — the biggest danger I see for me and for others in getting things done and managing our time best is not so much in being lazy, but in doing the wrong stuff. For me, productivity is all about doing the right stuff and […]

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 […]

Developing Better Habits for Home Business Success

Developing Better Habits for Home Business Success

What is the key to home business and work from home success? While there is no one thing that will guarantee success, I believe forming better habits will tip the odds more in your favor. A few friends and I were talking about the topic of working from home. We all seemed to agree that […]

Pink Art Deco free calendar

Pink Art Deco Reusable Calendar (Free)

This free Art Deco Style Calendar in retro teal is perfect to download and use in a planning notebook, or to hang on your wall. I like to have mine laminated so that I can reuse it with wet erase (vis a vis) markers. We use it for all family events.   The lovely Art […]

When you're feeling overwhelmed and just treading water

When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed and Just Treading Water

There are seasons in our lives when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Here’s how to cope with those seasons.
Seasons when treading water is the greatest accomplishment.

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 […]

Teal Art Deco Reuseable Calendar (Free)

This free Art Deco Style Calendar in retro teal is perfect to download and use in a planning notebook, or to hang on your wall. I like to have mine laminated so that I can reuse it with wet erase (vis a vis) markers. We use it for all family events.   The lovely Art […]

Creating Achievable Long Term Goals

Creating Achievable Long Term Goals

You may have heard it said that if you are aiming at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Although life isn’t as perfect and linear as we’d prefer it to be, having goals in mind can help you stay on track, making progress towards the end you have chosen. This sure beats meandering through life […]

How and Why to write a personal mission statement

How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Mission Statement

Crafting my own personal mission statement has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. My personal mission statement has saved me much time, money, and frustration in my life. I think many of us when we hear the phrase “mission statement” don’t think of ourselves. You think of a large organization or business. Yet, […]

Bullet Journaling

What is Bullet Journaling and Why You Need a Bullet Journal too

You might have heard about bullet journals and bullet journaling and wondered, “What is bullet journaling anyway?” Bullet journaling is a planner system that can be pretty much anything you need it to be. That’s the beauty of bullet journals and bullet journaling. You use your creativity to make the system entirely your own. I […]

How to Keep Your Goals and Dreams in Mind

How to Keep Your Goals and Dreams in Mind

Setting goals is one thing; actually achieving them is quite another. How many of us write out our goals and New Year’s resolutions at the start of each new year, only to not even remember what most of those are by the end of the new year? Keeping those goals and New Year’s resolutions before […]

Saying No and the Stop Doing List

Saying No and the Stop Doing List

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we all have the same 24 hours in a day. When it comes to trying to achieve our goals, it’s not enough for us to decide to start doing certain things (such as working out more, eating better, creating an emergency fund, etc.). We also have […]

Where do you draw the line?

Reader Q: Where to Draw the Line

A reader asked me, Your post on “saying no” hit home for me. I don’t handle saying no well. I say yes and then regret it. I feel like a jerk if I say no too many times to people or events. Then I burn out quickly if I have too much going on. I’ve […]

Busy is not the same as productive

Busy is not the same as Productive

I post quite a few articles on getting things done. I’m always making goals, to-do lists, and trying to press forwards. However, when it comes to goals, schedules, to-do lists, and productivity in general, there are a few common misconceptions and complaints I’ve heard. Misconception #1: Productivity Means Less Time for People and Relationships This […]

In Praise of Down Time

In Praise of Down Time: Don’t Feel Guilty for Resting

In recent years, I’ve been learning more than I ever thought possible about exercise: the proper way to do it, the value of it, and so forth. I’ve been amazed at how some of what I’ve learned specifically about exercise also applies generally in all of life. Take for example the concept of rest and […]

Filtering Opportunities and Using Time Wisely

Filtering Out Opportunities, and Using Time Wisely

Frequently, I get asked to do things, help with activities, given offers for employment or volunteering, and otherwise opportunities to invest my time and money in a good cause. That’s when it’s most difficult to make decisions: when you know the cause is a good one. If you had an unlimited amount of time and […]

How to focus on what is really important to you

8 Steps to Focusing on What is Really Important to You

As the saying goes, the good really is the enemy of the best. One of the most frustrating parts of life, for me, is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be enough time in each day to do what I want to do or feel like I need to do. No one has the […]

Tips for making new years resolutions you'll actually keep

Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions that You’ll Actually Keep

The problem with New Year’s Resolutions, you may have found, is that they often result in failure a short time after you created them. I don’t know about you, but I’m great at writing out a list of ambitious goals and New Year’s resolutions, only to have them end in disappointment and failure. As I […]

Weekly Goals and Daily To Do Lists

The Art of Setting Weekly Goals and Daily To-Do Lists

Over the years, learning what works for me and what doesn’t, I’ve drastically pared down my system to consist mostly of a sheet or two of goals to achieve annually, and then smaller goals and to-do lists that I craft from week to week. This works well in conjunction with my calendar for appointments and […]

The Work from Home Time Money Tradeoff

The Home Business Time-Money Tradeoff

Most women decide to become a WAHM because they want to spend time with their children while they’re growing up, but yet they still need some income to make ends meet. The problem is, as anyone who has ever started a business knows, newborn businesses tend to need as much attention as newborn babies, depending […]

Revising Goals and Mission Statements

Revising Your Goals & Personal Mission Statement

Life changes, and so do our priorities. Although at our core, I think we tend to value the same thing overall, I know that how I enacted that has changed over the years. For example, as I’ve grown and matured in the Lord, and as I’ve grown and matured in other areas (being a wife, […]

How To Manage Time Effectively when Working from Home

How to Manage Time Effectively when Working from Home

Learning how to manage time effectively is crucial to getting anything done. This is true in any line of work. It’s even more true when working from home. Here are some tips on how to manage time effectively when working from home. Beware of Your Time Leeches The biggest time management issue most of us […]

Why Goals Fail and What to do to Succeed

Why Goals Fail and What You Can Do to Succeed Anyway

Many people don’t bother with goals because they feel goals are a set up to failure, instead of success. But that’s not true. Goals aren’t to blame for why goals fail. Let’s look at some reasons why Goals fail and how we can succeed with our goals anyway. I don’t think it’s a secret that […]

Using time wisely: We're stewards of the same 24 hours

Using Time Wisely: We’re Stewards of the Same 24 Hours

When talking about using time wisely, we need to keep this in mind. We all exercise stewardship over the same 24 hours per day. As moms, we manage these same 24 hours when we work for pay. We govern these same 24 hours when we raise a family and manage the home. Each of us must make the […]