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

Interval Training Strategy: Making an interval plan work for you

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Use the theory behind interval training to maximize your planning effectiveness. Just as runners train and gain strength and endurance by running in short, intense bursts and then going at a slower pace for awhile, so we can follow the same pattern in our day-to-day lives. Breaking up your year into intervals, with rest periods in between, is a great way to keep your head wrapped around what you have to do and also keep up your energy as you … Read More

Simplified Organization Video Tutorial: Best Collaboration Apps

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As you can tell from today’s hangout, collaboration and apps are two topics that Mystie and I love to chat about. Apps are the modern-day village well for moms who have chosen to stay at and work from home. Alone in the burbs, we can use tools like Facebook, Voxer, and Google to connect, complete projects, brainstorm, and get creative — all without leaving hearth and home. This past year I have collaborated on starting a classical homeschool co-op, running … Read More

Realistic Goal Setting: Interval Training

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Often when we plan out our goals, we think in year-long chunks of time, either personal goals in January or academic goals in August. If you’ve ever done this, perhaps you’ve noticed that it’s really difficult to keep those goals. A cycle I’m familiar with goes like this: Commit to a huge life-overhaul, personal transformation sort of goal for the year. Go for it gung-ho for two or three weeks in January. Burn out in February. Forget about it in … Read More

Simplified Organization Video Tutorial: Homeschool Planning

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I’ve got to say, that homeschool planning is a huge topic to try to tackle in thirty minutes — which probably explains why this video runs over a bit. Mystie, Chelli and I do get a chance to discuss planning a number of different layers of a homeschool year, though. Like any large project, breaking it down into layers or pieces is really the only way to go about getting such a huge thing done. So we start by discussing … Read More

Jennifer Fulwiler on Pursuing Creativity and Beating Overwhelm

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I had the honor of interviewing Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary this week, and she shared some insights that I think are very helpful to our lives as mothers. It’s easy to start to wonder if our goals for what we want to do or think we should be doing are worth the crazy amount of thought, preparation, and work that it takes to make it happen. I hope you’ll take the 12 minutes to watch it; it is packed … Read More

Simplified Organization Video Tutorial: Remember the Milk

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While I have learned so much from Paperless Home Organization over the past year or so, and it has changed many facets of my organizational life, one aspect of Mystie’s system that I did not adopt was Remember the Milk. It did not surprise me much when Mystie shared that Remember the Milk is the one app from the book that she gets the most questions on, because I have so many myself. This hangout is an effort to answer … Read More

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