GTD for Homemakers: The Goal of GTD

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During our 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers series, we’ll be lining out the steps to setting up and implementing key strategies to keeping life – even home and family life – running without “where’d I put that bill?” or “We’re running late” sorts of stresses. Previous Post: A True Work-at-Home Business A System Based on Common Sense What David Allen proposes in Getting Things Done is having a system in place to deal with one’s stuff so that one … Read More

GTD for Homemakers: A True Work-at-Home Business

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Welcome to a month of practical, hands-on, and real-life organization and time management posts! I’m joining up with The Nester’s “31 Days” meme with “31 Days to GTD for Homemakers.” 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. So join me for the month of October as I explore how we can streamline our processes, alleviate stress, and increase productivity. That … Read More

31 Days to GTD for Homemakers

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Organize Life, Alleviate Stress, and Increase Productivity GTD = Getting Things Done We can all get better at GTD. Moms need to get stuff done; let’s learn how to do it without going crazy. During this 31 days series we’ll focus 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 toward what … Read More

This October: 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers – Simply Convivial

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I’m excited to announce the upcoming series during the month of October: 31 Days to GTD for Homemakers! During this series, we will work through the process David Allen lines out in his now-classic time management book, Getting Things Done, but the examples and tone will apply to our own circumstances as home managers (whether it be as stay-at-home moms, work-at-home moms, or homeschooling moms). What David Allen proposes in Getting Things Done is having a system in place to … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 5: Organize Your Evening – Simply Convivial

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week. You’ll find everything from organizing your homeschool to making your own cleaners! Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening Day 5: Organize Your Time Together for Hospitality To help the evening flow more smoothly, think beforehand about a few key factors. Don’t set some sort of rigid agenda, but rather have some options in mind and keep an idea of … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 4: Organize Your Preparations – Simply Convivial

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week. There are 21 other 5 Day series on organizing all sorts of things! Day 4: Organized Preparations for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening There are several things you can do earlier in the day that will make having people over for dinner less stressful and more relaxed. The first is to remember that the point is fellowship … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 3: Organize the Food – Simply Convivial

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Be sure to check out the other 5-Days series running this week. You’ll find everything from organizing your bathroom to finding cheap organizational tools. Do also click over to Sidetrack Sarah’s landing page for the series to enter for other great prizes including $50 cash, a $20 Home Depot gift card, and a bunch of eBooks (including my own Simplified Dinners). Day 3: Organize the Menu Plans for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your … Read More

5 Days of Organizing Your Hospitality – Day 2: Organize the People – Simply Convivial

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Day 2: Lists for Hospitality Organize Your Attitude Organize the People Organize the Food Organize Your Preparations Organize Your Evening For the rest of the week we will focus on organization techniques to simplify the most common sort of hospitality: having people over for dinner. First List: People to Invite Have you ever looked around church Sunday morning or heard a name come up in conversation and thought, “Oh, we really should have them over.” Often, these thoughts come and … Read More

Organization Tricks: Quick Entry of Book Purchases in LibraryThing – Simply Convivial

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I like to keep our personal book collection cataloged for three reasons. First, because I love cataloging and categorizing. Second, because I like to know how many books I have. Third, because it’s handy having a go-to spot where I can quickly tell if I already own a book before starting my homeschool shopping. If I would keep up on it, it would also be handy for knowing which books I have lent out, but I haven’t maintained that system. … Read More

Making a Convivial Home: Dinner Helper

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Sometimes “purposeful” and “intentional” can turn into “taking oneself too seriously.” Anything that doesn’t go as planned (and isn’t that usually most things?) is a temptation to discouragement or at least to the laser-eye of analysis. Instead, it might just be a reminder that God is in charge and we are not, and we need to be willing to laugh at ourselves. Here is one way I have tried to introduce quality, relationship-building time into our days. Dinner Helper My … Read More

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