What’s Working Now: Post-It Planner

Ah, the constant struggle to find or create the perfect planning system. How many of us spend more time tweaking and changing our planner than actually using it? A post-it planner has been my personal solution for the last few months, and I want to share how it’s working for me. We spend so much time playing with our planner that we begin to think that is using it. But we’re actually using our planner when what’s written there – … Read More

Using a Planner to Stay Organized

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How many planners have you tried using in your adult life? The number is likely more than one. When you’re trying to figure out how to organize your life, you assume it will take a planner, but why does it never seem to stick or to work? Using a planner to stay organized seems to not work for you. It’s frustrating. The truth is that we tend to focus more on the pages and boxes in our planners or the … Read More

Ep. #112 – Make your checklists priority-focused

When we as moms are overwhelmed, a procedure checklist might be just the ticket to calm our stress and help us start doing what needs to be done. We need to stop hunting on the internet for how to organize your life and just start doing the right thing. This month inside the Simply Convivial Circle we’re talking all about procedure lists – when to keep them and how to keep them simple. One key principle that applies is keeping … Read More

Ep. #111 – Procedure Checklists for the Overwhelmed Mom

Are you an overwhelmed mom? Frustrated with too much to do? A set of procedure checklists is just what you need to get the traction you want. When you’re looking at how to organize your life, getting a few key procedure checklists is the perfect place to begin. This month inside the Simply Convivial Circle we’re talking all about procedure lists – when to keep them and how to keep them simple. We often think we need some fancy or … Read More

Beat perfectionism with iteration – Get Organized #5

Perfectionism slows us down and prevents us from making real, meaningful progress. If you want to know how to organize your life, know that one of the first things you have to do is overcome perfectionism. Perfectionism paralyzes our organization attempts. We need strategies for beating perfectionism so we get organize life and get things done. Iteration, or iterating plans, is how I beat my own perfectionist tendencies. If you’re a recovering perfectionist, this strategy will end your procrastination as … Read More

Keep a to do list SHORT – Get Organized #3

Keep your to do list short to get more done! This is our third tip on how to organize your life. Too often our plans and lists involve more wishful thinking than realistic planning – and that needs to change. To get more done at home you need to keep your to do list short. A short to do list helps you focus on priorities and feel success, day by day, at home. Every stay at home mom needs a … Read More

Don’t Lean In; Lean On.

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Lean In – not only is it a bestselling book title (no, I haven’t read it), it is a cultural catch phrase. To lean in is to not give up when things get hard, but push through, knowing good things don’t happen on the easy path. Or, at least, that’s the definition of the phrase we can all get behind. On one hand, it is a phrase that reminds us that we shouldn’t disengage, give up, or pull back when … Read More

Interval Planning: PREP Week

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I’ve written for years now about interval planning, and it’s a concept I continue to practice and teach. At its heart, interval planning chooses goals and plans projects and works within manageable increments (6-12 weeks, usually) instead of short bursts (a week or month) or long stretches (quarters or years). Then, between intervals, time (a day or a week) is taken to step back, wrap up loose ends, and plan for the next stretch. The interval is for doing mode … 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

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