The Habits Project

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Gretchen Rubin, in The Happiness Project: Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, spent a year pursuing the topic and the practice of happiness. She picked an area of focus each month and consciously worked on projects and habits related to that focus. What she focused on in January, I will focus on all year: Boost Energy. She did this by going to bed … Read More

Dangerous Women – Simply Convivial

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Repost from 2011. The exhortations I received at this conference last year was a large part of why I shifted the focus of this blog (and hopefully my own personal focus along with it) to the concept of “conviviality.” Although my friend and would-be companion ended up unable to join me, and although I had to get up at 4:30am and leave just after 5am, I attended the Dangerous Women conference put on by the “Femina girls“: Nancy Wilson and … Read More

Review: The Mother at Home by John S.C. Abbott – Simply Convivial

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Review written in March of 2011 The Mother at Home by John S.C. Abbott was written in 1833. I have read it before, but it was something like 5-6 years ago — at the beginning of my motherhood journey. There were several times that I realized, “Oh, yes! This is where I got that!” Whether “that” be a quote or an idea or a sentiment. I had completely forgotten everything but the first few pages, which I think I had … Read More

Applying GTD at Home – Simply Convivial

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So, I’m done with 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers. I thought I would finish up the series with examples from my own implementation (also written two years ago – [grin]). Keep in mind that I wrote the GTD series two years ago and, before writing it, had been working at applying it slowly and steadily for about six months. On top of that, I had read it and picked up a couple tips 3 years before that, and my … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: The Key Principles of Effective Management – Simply Convivial

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This 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers series has been all about focusing on reducing stress and creating effective solutions to better manage realities of life at home. Mothers are the shapers of home atmosphere and home culture; keeping the mundane details under control allows us to direct our attention to what matters. I hope it has been helpful! The Power of the Key Principles: Freedom Through Discipline The last few chapters of Getting Things Done focus on the “stress-free” … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: Four Criteria for Evaluating Tasks – Simply Convivial

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Like David Allen’s book Getting Things Done, this series, 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers is about managing your stuff and your actions, and once those are under control, your mind is left more free and clear to focus on the present moment with your family. So this series is not about shaping our homes and families to a business model, but about being in control of our tasks and stuff rather than letting it control us, so that instead … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: Managing Projects & Hobbies

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This series, 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers, is all about putting into place effective routines and processes so that the routine administrative details of life do not cause undo stress and we, as mothers in the heart of our homes, can peacefully and intentionally make good choices about what to do without feeling like we have a million details pulling us in a million directions at once. Previous Post: Working the Plan & Keeping It Current Project Control: Making … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: Working the Plan & Keeping It Current – Simply Convivial

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This 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers series focuses on reducing stress and creating effective solutions to better manage realities of life at home. Mothers are the shapers of home atmosphere and home culture; keeping the mundane details under control allows us to direct our attention to what matters. Previous Post: The Occasional Big-Picture Review Making the Right Choices So, if you have everything written down, everything in its own place, and review habits settled, then how does all this … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: The Occasional Big-Picture Review – Simply Convivial

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One benefit of maintaining order and organization is that it frees not only time but also creative energy and our ability to be fully present in the moment. My hope is that 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers will help us reclaim calm self-control and self-possession, so that we can fulfill our roles and responsibilities to the best of our ability. Previous Post: Setting Aside Time for Weekly Planning & Review What & When: Infrequent Long-Term Evaluation Long-term, big-picture thinking … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: Taking Time Out for a Weekly Regroup & Review – Simply Convivial

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This series, 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers, is all about putting into place effective routines and processes so that the routine administrative details of life do not cause undo stress and we, as mothers in the heart of our homes, can peacefully and intentionally make good choices about what to do without feeling like we have a million details pulling us in a million directions at once. Previous Post: The Weekly Review Process Carving Out Islands of Time So, … Read More

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