3 Steps for a Morning Review

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A morning review creates a power-start to your day. The process I recommend will take you less than 10 minutes, but it will give you peace and clarity about the day ahead of you and what you can reasonably accomplish. The best time to do a morning review is before the children are up and awake, while the house is peaceful and quiet and the day has not yet begun in earnest. However, that is not always possible. When, for … Read More

Why moms need a weekly review

A weekly review is a common business productivity recommendation, the best tip for how to organize your life, and a practice I encourage in my course Simplified Organization. It is a time to reorient yourself to what you have on your plate and renegotiate your commitments. You take some time and look at your calendar, make fresh to-do lists, decide what your biggest responsibilities are this week and then make sure those stay in front of your face so they … Read More

You are in charge of your choices.

I recently finished Sally Clarkson’s new book, Own Your Life. The Clarksons are authors of one of my favorite homeschooling books, especially for starting out with young kids: Educating the Whole-Hearted Child. Owning your life is hard work and there are no easy answers. Sally Clarkson writes about how to be in charge of your life – not in a way that is controlling and self-seeking or self-aggrandizing, but in a way that sees that choices have consequences. We are … Read More

Moms, Set Up a Task Management App

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I wrote last week about how to choose a task management program if you’re looking to move toward paperless home organization. Too often we try to remember all the plates we’re trying to spin just in our heads. This causes a lot more stress than we realize. Our minds are not the best reminder system. Our minds are much better used for thinking, processing, deciding, creating – but when we use our minds as a reminder container, then there’s not … Read More

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

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