GTD for Homemakers: Tips for Processing Your Brain-Dump Lists

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Welcome to a month of practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and time management posts specifically for mothers at home! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” series with 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers. GTD is an acronym referring to David Allen’s books and system, Getting Things Done. And if anybody needs to get things done, it’s mothers managing a home. So join me for the month of October as I explore how we can streamline our processes, alleviate … Read More

Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work

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This series was inspired by my reading of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink. Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards Motivating without Stickers: Intrinsic Motivation Finding Motivation: Autonomy in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Mastery in [Home] School and [House] Work Finding Motivation: Purpose in [Home] School and [House] Work What is Autonomy? autonomy, (aw-ton-uh-mee) n. independence or freedom, as of the will or … Read More

What is Intrinsic Motivation? Motivating Without Stickers

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So, if Daniel Pink, in his book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is correct in his conclusions, extrinsic motivators should be taboo whenever the work we assign requires creativity or when it is something that touches personhood (virtue, learning). So what tactics are left to us? If we aren’t to use sticker charts or play money or marbles or other superficial reward structures, are there any tactics we can use? Intrinsic Motivators in the Home & Homeschool … Read More

How Not to Motivate: Extrinsic Rewards

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As I reviewed on Friday, In Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, Daniel Pink argues that motivation and satisfaction center on having these three operators in our lives: Autonomy: the ability to have at least some self-direction. Mastery: the ability to improve ourselves in a field or skill. Purpose: the ability to contribute to something bigger than ourselves. It turns out that even science is now demonstrating that people are not purely economically motivated, yet as Pink puts … Read More

Book Review | Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Back in January I listened to a library audio copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink. It was one of those synchronicity books: unaware of the book, Matt had come across the RSA summary and shared it with me and then a day or two later I was browsing my brother’s Amazon wishlist and saw the title there. So I opened a new tab in my browser, went to the library’s site, searched for … Read More

Establishing Household Habits Series Index

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    Why? (November 2009) I suspect it would have been just as difficult for Elly to not make her bed as it was for me to make my bed. In both cases, it would seem to us that something was not right. In my case, because a jumble of blankets was normal, and a made bed was unfamiliarly neat-looking. Habits, Routines, & Schedules (November 2009) Establishing a routine bestows more emotional energy. Established by Repetition (November 2009) Everyday on … Read More

Making a Convivial Home Series Index

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I didn’t start Simply Convivial because I am a sweet, gentle, nice Mom, but because I am not. This is my journey in repentance, in learning gratitude and contentment and happiness in a life spent loving first the small children God has blessed us with, then the body of Christ, and then those outside. I am learning to be a good steward in the small things, hoping to be given greater and greater responsibility and finally to hear “Well done, … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 5: Organizing Your Kitchen Lists

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week, as well. You’ll find everything from simplifying your cleaning supplies to organizing kids’ clothes! Additionally, the hostess for the series, Sidetracked Sarah, will be announcing the winners to all the fabulous prizes tomorrow! Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 5 – Lists: Indispensable Tools Before there is a soup to stir with … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 4: Creative Kitchen Laundry Storage

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week, too! Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 4: Kitchen Laundry List A vital “tool” in the kitchen are all the various rags, scrubbies, towels, and other cloths used to clean the perpetual mess in a well-used kitchen. Scrubbies, etc. We will start with scrubbies, dishcloths, and vegetable brushes, because they are the … Read More

5 Days to Organizing Your Kitchen Tools – Day 3: Ways to Store Kitchen Tools

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We’re spending five days this week taking practical baby steps toward organizing the kitchen and all the stuff found therein. It’s time for real nitty-gritty. Organize Your Kitchen Work Stations Organize Your Kitchen Storage Organize Your Kitchen Tools Organize Your Kitchen Laundry Organize Your Kitchen Lists Day 3: Customize Your Tool Storage in the Kitchen There are many kitchen tools available to us these days, and it’s easy to fill up our kitchen with them. There’s no one right or … Read More

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