5 Essential Pieces of Our Homeschool Day

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I love to make lists. I even have lists of the lists I have made and want to make. So, why not share all (well, some) of those lists during The Nester’s 31 Days series? Yes, 31 days of homeschool lists. It’ll be a ton of fun if you love lists as much as I do. Listen to this post! http://media.blubrry.com/mystie/content.blubrry.com/mystie/Whole_SC_ep36_FINAL.mp3 Plan a Homeschool Day Homeschooling Lists Galore The first list of this series today is one that you probably … Read More

Tips for a Better Brain Dump

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A complete and thorough brain dump is an integral part of both the Simplified Organization Self-Paced Course, and Work the Plan. Lately I’ve had a lot of people ask questions about it, so I thought I’d answer those questions together in a short video. Starting a brain dump list is the best strategy for combating the feelings of overwhelm and chaotic thoughts. It’s a quick get it out of your head and onto paper trick, not a structured list. When … Read More

Review Required: Weekly

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Regular review is the absolute key to maintaining a sense of organization. You have to look at your lists to make them happen, and that looking over is called a review. We’ve already discussed a morning review and an evening review, but the weekly review is where the magic starts happening. It is a little more involved than the daily reviews, and stuff happens during this time, whereas the daily and evening reviews are really just list-making and list-looking. What … Read More

Learn to Love What Must Be Done

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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. 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 will have to be made again tomorrow. Not only that, but … Read More

Review Required: Evening

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The habit of an evening review wraps up your day and brings peace. We often spend a lot of upfront time making a plan, getting it just right, getting the ready for it. And then, when the time comes to put it into place we start strong but quickly fizzle out. It’s easy to think that the problem was a bad plan. But often it’s bad habits, not bad planning. If we want to consistently work our plans, we have … Read More

Review Required: Morning

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Try as I might, I cannot escape the reality that having a plan is not good enough. I have to work the plan. It’s painful, but true. In a GTD set-up, the review process, especially the morning review, is the basic component of “work the plan” mode. What is the point in having a list, after all, if you never look at it? The key to making your organization work for you at all isn’t putting into place the perfect system … Read More

Interval Planning: Keeping Laser Focus

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Leverage the interval training technique in your personal life by setting up your calendar in intervals and planning goals accordingly. Planning and executing in short-term bursts is a great way to keep laser focus and high energy. By always keeping short deadlines and tackling manageable chunks, you can avoid overwhelm and procrastination. Make the Interval Plan The components of an interval plan are highly individual; always assess and tweak as you go to make it fit your own needs. The … 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

Simplified Organization Video Tutorial: Digital Homeschool Portfolios

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Hi I’m Pam. I’m cook, chauffeur, teacher, sometimes house cleaner, and main boo boo kisser. At Everyday Snapshots I strive to help you be the best homeschool mom you can be.   Ah, May! The time when homeschool moms’ minds turn to summer and a break from homeschooling. For most of us, though, it is also the time for reflecting on the year — what worked, what didn’t, and all the things we learned. May is a great time to … Read More

Happy Household Help: Be a Homemaker – Simply Convivial

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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. 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 will have to be made again tomorrow. Not only that, but … Read More

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