How to choose a task management app

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There are so many to-do list apps out there, and most of the recommendations and advice about them is geared for the business executive that it’s easy to think they are overkill for a mom at home. But moms at home are managers. We keep so many balls rolling! We need some way to keep track of our responsibilities also. After using digital apps instead of paper for over 5 years now, I’ve figured out what features to look for … Read More

Track Your Progress with a Goal Tracking Spreadsheet

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Update: The goal tracking spreadsheet has been updated for 2018. I follow a goal-setting process that works well for my life as a stay-at-home, work-from-home mom. As I outline in Work the Plan, I always start with what I call directional goals, but at some point those have to be translated into actions. The best kinds of actions to work on over the course of a year, however, are not project-type actions (though those are my preference) but habit-type actions. … Read More

Start the Year Well: Manage Tasks

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Why do you need a task management system? As moms with kids and home and projects to manage, we have a lot to do and a lot to keep track of. It’s no wonder we often feel overwhelmed and scattered. We need some way to know what we have on our plates and what we need to be doing today. That is what a task management system is for: to help us manage tasks. Keeping a list of what you … Read More

Start New Year Well: Keystone Habits

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Rather than grandiose goals for a new year, we should be focusing on small habits that we can build upon. These new year habits continue giving, because they become automatic. So we can gain their benefit without expending much energy to do so. A habit is an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary. Almost involuntary. Automatic. We should work to make several key behaviors automatic rather than requiring will and decision. To just get out … Read More

Start the New Year Well: Home Routines

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If you’re looking at making new year resolutions of any kind, chances are that you have some changes you’d like to make to your house keeping routines. It seems like it should be possible to keep a decent and orderly home, doesn’t it? Is that wish simply impossible, especially if you have young children? Yes and no. Think about what you mean by “clean house” when you use that phrase to yourself. Picture what you want. Look around at your … Read More

Start the Year Well: Clear your head with a brain dump

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As the holidays wind down, the crazy schedules should let up and let us catch our breath. But if we were whirling all month from thing to thing, trying to track presents and events and guests and extra baking and so much more, we feel more like crashing than catching anything. Even though much is over, there’s now a new year approaching and thoughts of self-improvement and resolutions can hardly be fought off. Don’t fight off those thoughts, but don’t … Read More

5 Ways to Start the New Year Well

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A new year is like a promise of a fresh start, a new beginning, a turning of the page that might mean the turning of a new leaf. What can we do to start the new year well? I am always trying to turn over new leaves. Too many times I’ve tried turning them overnight, and instead fallen on my face. However, slow, steady change builds up over time and after years of wrestling with those leaves, they are turning … Read More

Dealing with Post-Christmas Chaos

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but it takes work to make it so. And then that wonderful time of the year results in additional clean up work afterward. It’s good work, and it’s meaningful, but it can be overwhelming. More than the extra dishes or the laundry backup, after Christmas chaos comes with the packaging, new toys, wrapping paper bits, and did I mention new toys? So much stuff strewn all around! Reveling in some chaos … Read More

Make a Doable To Do List: The Rule of 3

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To-do lists can be as frustrating as they are useful. Some days to do lists seem like an awesome tool. Then on other days they seem like instruments of torture, mocking my efforts and goals. But, it is the process of planning that is helpful even when the plans don’t work out. So let’s stick with the process and see if we can tweak it to be more beneficial. Is a doable to do list possible? I know I tend … Read More

Start Strong! Focus on Keystone Habits

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Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change. – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit Keystone habits, according to Charles Duhigg, are habits that give “small wins [that] fuel transformative changes by leveraging tiny advantages into patterns that convince people that bigger … Read More

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