Develop grit.

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Organize your attitude #50 Too often, we try to get organized in an attempt to control our lives or make them easier. So then, when life does not go as expected or when it is not easy, we think we’ve done something wrong. We try with renewed energy to “get organized” and “improve ourselves,” hoping we’ll So we are bound to failure. Life isn’t like that. But, just because entropy affects all of life and just because God’s goal isn’t … Read More

Eat intentionally.

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Organize your attitude #49 Yes, what we eat affects our moods. You know it. I know it. We don’t like it, but it’s true. We’re used to looking at food and it’s effects on our waistlines, but what about how it affects our attitudes? In the end, both are likely to be better off for our attention and diligence. Eat meals; don’t graze. Meals, eaten while sitting at the table with the family (or, honestly, a good book), are relationally … Read More

3 MITs: How to choose your top tasks

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When I’ve written about my daily index card to-do list or when I’ve taught my life productivity principles and practices, I’ve brought up the idea of having 3 MITs – 3 Most Important Things – for each day. I didn’t come up with this practice myself, but I did encounter it in several sources over the years and adopted it myself because it seemed like a prime example of a tactic that allows us to roll with the punches of … Read More

What’s Working Now: My Weekly Planner Page

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For nearly a year I gave all-digital planning another go. I tried a few different configurations, a few different apps and options – all in the name of research! – with mixed success. I tried Evernote for a weekly summary note and a place to keep routines. I tried a spreadsheet version of my previous paper weekly spread. I tried using all Omnifocus, all the time (except for routines, which then plummeted). Over and over again, I return to the … Read More

Take a break.

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Organize your attitude #48 No matter how much we have to do, we all need to take breaks. Our bodies were not meant to be go-go-go all the time. Sleep is crucial to our health, to our ability to go at all. Meals are for us spiritually, culturally, relationally when taken sitting at a table rather than on the go. Sleep and meals are the basic breaks built into the rhythm of our lives, and we’d do well to heed … Read More

Fill your mind with truth.

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Organize your attitude #47 Our minds are busy places. We are constantly noticing needs, evaluating behavior, noting things to be done, and thinking things through. On top of that, we listen to children’s chatter, keep up with phone notifications, and maybe even top it off with a podcast in the background. Our days are not still and silent. They are humming with thoughts, conversations, and noise. But most of it really is just noise, even those thoughts racing through our … Read More

How to Build a Housework Framework

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Everything has a framework, whether it’s conscious or not. The government’s framework is the Constitution. Our education’s framework is made of our core principles. A computer software framework is the basic functionality before the frills and features. And our housework needs a framework just as much as anything else we do or use. We need to have an underlying structure that gives shape to our days and support to our sanity. Without a framework, we’re sloppy, floppy, and choppy. We … Read More

Why Kids Need Chores

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Do your kids have chores? Do they do more than clean up their own rooms and their own messes? Are you preparing them in both habit and mindset to be helpers? I think it is healthy for children to have daily chores so that they are accustomed to the routine upkeep life requires and so that they mature in responsibility and skill apart from academic work. Daily chores give children a leg-up in life in three key ways. Kids Need … Read More

Take a photo.

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Organize your attitude #44 In this series we’ve been looking at short and simple actions that can help us recover our resilience and choose to tell a true story instead of a self-pitying story. One such action might just be to pull out your camera. Taking a photo is pushing the pause button. Sometimes we get so caught up in the nitty gritty details, doing this, cleaning that, nagging here, pestering there, that we completely miss the overall story being … Read More

Recommended Morning Routine for Each Personality Type

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 5 essentials for an organized morning. Those essentials are: A Start-Up Routine A Ready To-Do List Breakfast Plans Being Dressed A Weekly Review But – of course – your personality plays into what sort of morning routine you should build and practice. What’s really important in the morning? For a busy mom, it’s that we enter our day with energy and focus. We need to touch base with our priorities and start … Read More

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