What’s Working Now: My Weekly Planner Page

For nearly a year I gave all-digital planning another go. I tried a few different configurations, a few different apps and options – all in the name of research! – with mixed success. I tried Evernote for a weekly summary note and a place to keep routines. I tried a spreadsheet version of my previous paper weekly spread. I tried using all Omnifocus, all the time (except for routines, which then plummeted). Over and over again, I return to the … Read More

Choose the Right To-Do List for Your Personality Type

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Have you ever tried keeping a to-do list and just not been able to stick with it enough to see a difference in your life? Are you constantly switching planners, always hoping for the one that will work for you but never seeming to find it? Have you tried copying a friend or a mentor’s to-do list system and just not been able to make it work? You might be trying to use a method and system that is incompatible … Read More

How to Create a Personalized Housecleaning Plan

There is one big problem with housecleaning. It’s never done. We make the checkmark, but the task returns the very next day or week. Making decisions is fatiguing. Front-load the decisions about what to do when is sanity-saving. The goal is regularity. A daily good enough. Remember that your home is a tool to be used. Its perfect end-state is not perfection. Its reason for being is as a setting for the drama of life unfolding within its walls. Is … Read More

Have a menu plan.

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Organize your attitude #30 Do you know one real downer that happens all too often? Not knowing what’s for dinner when 5pm rolls around. You know what I’m talking about. And, yes, it happens to me, too. Do you know one real awesome feeling? Knowing at breakfast time what’s for dinner, pulling the meat out of the freezer the night before, and maybe even doing a little head-start prep while the kids eat breakfast. A menu plan makes those mornings … Read More

Keeping an Evernote daily to-do list

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I’ve written before about the benefits of writing a daily to do list on an index card, but for several months I’ve experimented with using Evernote for my task list instead of a daily index card – just to see how going all digital would work out for me. I have gone back to writing out a short daily to-do note, but I learned a lot from my little experiment. Using Evernote for a daily to-do list and journal is … Read More

Planning That Matters

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Planning isn’t just for certain personality types. You can adapt the principles to whatever situation or style you have – these 4 moms will share how they have done just that! Join us Tuesday, June 21st, at 1pm to hear 5 moms talk about the planning ideas and practices that have changed their lives the most. You’ll also get a chance to see the way they keep track of their plans and ideas! Hear about real planning and real life, … Read More

Evernote for Menu Planning

I know. Menu planning is a pain. I am all about the tips and tricks to minimize the time and brain-power we pour into menu planning. It’s something we need to do, something we need to become consistent with, but it doesn’t have to drain us or take an entire Saturday morning. We can streamline things and make it simpler. One tool I use to streamline a lot in my life is Evernote. I heart Evernote. Here’s how it helps … Read More

Sometimes I think planning is pointless.

But it isn’t. Let’s continue growing into our good work and not give up! Sometimes we’re frustrated because we’re trying to make our new life situation fit an old plan. Just because a certain routine and system worked at one point, doesn’t necessarily mean it will now. Family life requires adapting, because people’s needs change constantly! On Monday, Mackenzie Monroe and I will discuss the importance of planning, even when life is ever-changing and never-constant. We’ll chat about how to … Read More

How can I have a plan when life is always changing?

It’s possible. Let’s continue growing into our good work and not give up! Sometimes we’re frustrated because we’re trying to make our new life situation fit an old plan. Just because a certain routine and system worked at one point, doesn’t necessarily mean it will now. Family life requires adapting, because people’s needs change constantly! On Monday, Mackenzie Monroe and I will discuss the importance of planning, even when life is ever-changing and never-constant. We’ll chat about how to adjust … Read More

Iterate your plans.

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Organize Your Attitude #8 It’s paralyzed us all. Perfectionism. We wait to start moving forward with our plans because we aren’t sure if we’re doing it right. We aren’t sure they will work. We aren’t sure we like the colors we picked. We pull back and reformat the page or change the app we’re using. We make the list over again to ensure we didn’t miss anything. We spend more time planning than doing the plan. That’s perfectionism, and here … Read More

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