Start Strong! Choose your focus.

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The beginning of a week is so fresh and hopeful. I always start off Monday morning feeling like this week I’m totally going to rock the week, my life, everything. It’s a small fresh start, and I like to start off with a bang. Yes, then I end up finishing with a fizzle. It’s a good idea before the week gets started to identify the main project this week. What is the most important project this week in your life? … Read More

Interval Planning: Don’t Skip the Rest Period

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Breaking up your year into intervals is a simple way to sharpen your focus and stay engaged with projects and the things that need to be done to keep life at home rolling along. Instead of looking ahead over an entire year and making goals, try looking only at the next six weeks. What has to happen in the next six weeks? That’s a lot more clear usually. The truth is, you don’t know what your life will be like … Read More

Happy Household Help: Be a Homemaker

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Many of us are task-driven. We want to see things done, accomplished, finished. This is what the world tells us is productivity. In this view, homemaking 101 would simply be about menial skills. However, our life at home is not the kind of world where things are often finished. You might check off “laundry” for the day, but before the day is out, there will be more dirty laundry in the hamper. You might check off “make dinner,” but dinner … Read More

Easy Recipe Dinner Ideas: Sweet Potato Hash

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It’s inevitable. It happens to all of us. We head into the afternoon not knowing what we’ll make for dinner. But we can’t avoid it. Our people need to eat. That’s why I keep my few easy dinner methods up my sleeve and add variety and creativity based on what I have on hand. The other day it was 4pm and I didn’t know what would be for dinner, but my husband was doing yard work so I knew he’d … Read More

Simplified Organization Video Tutorial: Best Collaboration Apps

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As you can tell from today’s hangout, collaboration and apps are two topics that Mystie and I love to chat about. Apps are the modern-day village well for moms who have chosen to stay at and work from home. Alone in the burbs, we can use tools like Facebook, Voxer, and Google to connect, complete projects, brainstorm, and get creative — all without leaving hearth and home. This past year I have collaborated on starting a classical homeschool co-op, running … Read More

Realistic Goal Setting: Interval Training

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Often when we plan out our goals, we think in year-long chunks of time, either personal goals in January or academic goals in August. If you’ve ever done this, perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s really difficult to keep those goals. A cycle I’m familiar with goes like this: Commit to a huge life-overhaul, personal transformation sort of goal for the year. Go for it gung-ho for two or three weeks in January. Burn out in February. Forget about it in … Read More

Simplified Caesar Dressing Easy Recipe

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I often buy the 6 pack of romaine hearts at Costco. That’s a lot of romaine. And salads are a lot of chopping. One evening I was tired of the vinaigrette dressings I generally make, and searched the internet for easy Caesar salad dressing recipe that used only what I had on hand. I read 4 or 5 versions, made some substitutions and whipped up a quick version that serves nicely. Simple Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe Into a bowl, scoop … Read More

Ubiquitous Capture: Write It Down Right Away

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When does the brilliant idea strike? When do you remember you’re desperately low on milk? It’s rarely when you’re actually sitting down, pen in hand, to make a relevant list. But if you don’t write it down right away, it’s gone. Hence, the need for ubiquitous capture. Ubiquitous capture is a term from David Allen’s Getting Things Done that basically means you should always have a way to write down, right away, any information you need to have rather than … Read More

Applying GTD at Home

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I have implemented and re-implemented and revamped and reorganized my GTD processes and approaches so many times over the last six years that I’ve stopped counting. Every time I do, I am so glad for it, and so glad that it is built to work to whatever degree you are able to maintain. After so many attempts, I think incorporating it piece by piece over time is a better approach for getting it to stick than doing a weekend whirlwind … Read More

GTD isn’t GIAD (Getting It All Done)

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So, I ran the 31 Days to GTD series here two years ago, then consolidated and edited it into a manageable ebook. But, lest there be any confusion, GTD is so very different from GIAD. It is only things, not ALL things, that are being done. I recently received a question (and I’ve several similar ones before), asking what we all want to know. It seems like a question that should have an answer, if only we could read the … Read More

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