5 Habits Every Mom Needs to Grow

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We established last week that even moms need to grow. We, as well as our children, are persons and must both feed and exercise our souls, bodies, minds, and hearts. But how? How much time will this take? After all, it’s not like we have a bunch of spare time for various new exercise and study regimens. The time factor is just one reason habits are so effective and compelling. A small habit has an outsized effect for the effort … Read More

Growth Mindset for Moms

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Moms are all about growth. It starts with growing a new little life right inside of our own selves. The growth is in our bellies, and then it’s in our arms. We go through boxes of clothes, changing them out seemingly overnight because growth is so rapid. Our family size grows, gradually, over the years, and we learn to adjust to more needs, more love, more food, more laundry. Life overflows abundantly and we get the front-row seat to the … Read More

You Need Self-Control, Not Self-Care

The other day as I stared into the empty bottom of my coffee mug, a movie quote jumped to mind: “I don’t want to see the bottom of this glass,” uttered desperately. It’s an early scene in Mask of Zorro, before the drunk vagabond is chosen by the master for a transformation. We’re like the drunk vagabond. We want a transformation. We want a different sort of a life. But we also don’t want to see the bottom of our … Read More

Develop grit.

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Organize your attitude #50 Too often, we try to get organized in an attempt to control our lives or make them easier. So then, when life does not go as expected or when it is not easy, we think we’ve done something wrong. We try with renewed energy to “get organized” and “improve ourselves,” hoping we’ll So we are bound to failure. Life isn’t like that. But, just because entropy affects all of life and just because God’s goal isn’t … Read More

Friday Five: Shakespeare, Evernote, Reading Habits, and more

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Featuring favorite finds 1) follow-through 2) ‘fore & aft 3) freebie 4) FAQ & 5) favorite fiction ~ follow-through ~ It’s been a very solid week of school. Keeping the work of 4 students (well, 3 1/2 students, really) plus 1 toddler – maybe she’s a preschooler now? – is definitely something that can cause me to feel a bit out of breath by lunch time. But the more we stick with it, the easier it becomes – just like … Read More

How to focus on habits not results

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Or, Four Focused Ways to Build Habits So much goal setting advice out there focuses on achieving certain outcomes. We’re supposed to set our eyes on a particular result we want to reach and work until we get there. Maybe – maybe – this works with projects, but very little of our lives at home are project-based. Most of our time is spent in the day-in, day-out routines that build our home and family. Listen to this post! http://media.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/content.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/Whole_SO_ep38_FINAL.mp3 SO038: … Read More

5 Habits for a More Productive Year

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Do you want to be more productive in 2016? What does being productive even mean? It’s not simply getting more done, but getting the right things done, done well, and done cheerfully. Whether or not you want to do more in 2016, I bet you want to do what you do better – whether that means more consistently, more joyfully, or more skillfully. Me, too. Listen to this post! http://media.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/content.blubrry.com/simplifiedorganization/Whole_SO_ep42_FINAL.mp3 SO042: Productive Habits Just because I write about productivity and … 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 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 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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