Becoming Diligent: 3 Keys

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How many times have you wished for more consistency? You and me, both. It’s not unusual or uncommon. You’re not the only one. And even as you do grow in consistency and improve, you will also feel your lack more as well. It’s part of the process. We don’t actually reach an end-point goal where now we are 100% consistent and good to go. It’s part of life that ebbs and flows, that grows and then contracts during illness or … Read More

5 ENFP Organization Tips

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By Betsy Farquhar: ENFP, homeschooling mother of three middle school students, and managing editor of Redeemed Reader. How to Turn ENFP Possibility into Productivity There are lovely pictures on Instagram of cheerful, color-coded planner pages, meticulously filled out; clever, completed habit trackers; and beautiful #BuJo spreads. Those people are not ENFPs. ENFPs are busy instead managing relationships, enthusiastically brainstorming, and rising to the occasion (also known as “winging it”). “Friend” or “relationship-builder” are legitimate ENFP vocations. Skills normally associated with … Read More

How to Organize a Brain Dump

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All the time I tell people to “write it down, right away” – that is, to do mini brain dumps all day long, whenever something pops up that we need to remember. Our minds are unreliable reminder-ers – we need a system for not losing track of our ideas and our commitments. And all the time I hear women wonder how to organize a brain dump because the mess of information feels overwhelming. Before we tackle organizing a brain dump, … Read More

Simplified organization for the new year

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Does your new year need more organization? What about simplified organization? Now, notice I didn’t capitalize it – I don’t even necessarily mean my course. I’d like to explain what I mean when I say simplified organization, because I’ve received some comments and emails that make it clear there are many opinions about organization – and what “counts” as organization – out there. When I poke fun at labeled containers in closets, it’s not because it’s wrong or bad to … Read More

Three Surprising Reasons to Organize Your Life

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How many attempts at organization have you attempted and abandoned? How many times have you failed at meeting your plans and expectations for getting organized? It’s easy to look back at what hasn’t worked and how many times our hopes and dreams and visions of organization have crashed and burned – how many times we’ve boomed, only to bust – and decide that it’s just not worth it. But it is worth it, and that’s why you keep getting drawn … Read More

Escapist Planning, and how to make plans that aren’t

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You have done it. I know I have – and too often still do. Life is not going as planned, so we break out the notepad and start a new plan. The new plan is not a way to faithfully respond to our current reality, but rather a way to escape into a pretend future reality where our plans will work out. Turns out we ate all the fudge scraps while making a dessert plate. Clearly time to make a … Read More

For moms, SMART goals aren’t. Let’s make REAL goals.

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SMART goals is a common thing you’ll see, especially this time of year, in business and productivity circles. SMART is an acronym describing the characteristics of goals that will, supposedly, work: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound. The problem with SMART goals for moms is that we have less control over our situations and circumstances than we’d like to think. SMART goals assume that level of control we wish we had, so when we set goals like that, we end up … Read More

When You Need to Walk Away

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“Step away from the chocolate.” I understand needing to step back from things in life. The problem is that often what I should step away from isn’t what I’m supposed to step away from. After a rough day or a rough week, I start to think about the possibility of spending hours at a coffee shop alone with my laptop or a book. I think about taking a day trip all by myself. I’ve done both these things legitimately and … Read More

Made to tend

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Entropy is real. We can clean and organize all day long, but we can’t clean and organize our way into a static, finally-done state. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Except that it isn’t bad news. God made a world that needed tending, even before the fall. It’s harder and comes with frustration now, but tending and keeping is one thing we were created for. It’s not a punishment. Tend, v. care for or look after; give one’s … Read More

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