My 2013 Habit Project – Simply Convivial

So, having developed why I chose to focus on organization, atmosphere, and health in 2013 and also the nature of habits, now we come to the details. Here’s my list. Habits for an Organized Home Make my bed. Always write it down right away in RTM, EN, or Google Calendar. Look at RTM, Cal, & Daily Docket before breakfast, during lunch, & before bed. Set three goals per day, during breakfast; tell someone. Put it away, don’t put it down. … Read More

Applying GTD at Home – Simply Convivial

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

Best Board Games for the Whole Family – Simply Convivial

Board games are a hobby for my husband, and our family loves to play board games together on weeknights or Sunday afternoons. However, with 5 children 10 and under, the options can feel limited. Candyland, Sorry, and Connect Four are simply difficult for the adults to even fain interest and enjoyment, and if kids are good at anything, they are good at detecting fake smiles. But good, interesting board games do not have to wait for kids to grow and … Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GTD for Homemakers: The Weekly Review

Our month of practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and time management posts is nearing its end. Thank you so much for following this 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers series. GTD is an acronym referring to David Allen’s books and system, Getting Things Done. And if anybody needs to get things done, it’s mothers managing a home. Previous Post: The Daily Review What & When: Weekly Review The weekly review is really the key to GTD-magic. Allen recommends 2 hours … Read More

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