How to organize your life – for moms

When you want to get organized where do you turn? A quick browse on Pinterest or a flip through the magazine at the dentist office leads us to assume that the way to organize life is to use chalkboard labels on baskets, which line every shelf in every closet. Someone who has achieved this feat has earned the badge, “Organized!” Of course, then there’s the spice jars to label and arrange alphabetically, even if you have twelve but only use … Read More

5 Habits for Effectiveness

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The internet is full of self-help productivity advice. Experts give their tips. Successful people share their secrets. Article after article offers a new trick to overcome procrastination, fatigue, and listlessness. Sometimes it’s tempting to write it all off as hocus-pocus or shallow marketing – and a lot of it is. But, then the day to day happens to us. We fly by the seat of our pants, taking each day as it comes, until so many days have come and … Read More

3 MITs: How to choose your top tasks

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When I’ve written about my daily index card to-do list or when I’ve taught my life productivity principles and practices, I’ve brought up the idea of having 3 MITs – 3 Most Important Things – for each day. I didn’t come up with this practice myself, but I did encounter it in several sources over the years and adopted it myself because it seemed like a prime example of a tactic that allows us to roll with the punches of … Read More

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

How to Build a Housework Framework

Everything has a framework, whether it’s conscious or not. The government’s framework is the Constitution. Our education’s framework is made of our core principles. A computer software framework is the basic functionality before the frills and features. And our housework needs a framework just as much as anything else we do or use. We need to have an underlying structure that gives shape to our days and support to our sanity. Without a framework, we’re sloppy, floppy, and choppy. We … Read More

Why Kids Need Chores

Do your kids have chores? Do they do more than clean up their own rooms and their own messes? Are you preparing them in both habit and mindset to be helpers? I think it is healthy for children to have daily chores so that they are accustomed to the routine upkeep life requires and so that they mature in responsibility and skill apart from academic work. Daily chores give children a leg-up in life in three key ways. Kids Need … Read More

Recommended Morning Routine for Each Personality Type

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the 5 essentials for an organized morning. Those essentials are: A Start-Up Routine A Ready To-Do List Breakfast Plans Being Dressed A Weekly Review But – of course – your personality plays into what sort of morning routine you should build and practice. What’s really important in the morning? For a busy mom, it’s that we enter our day with energy and focus. We need to touch base with our priorities and start … Read More

5 Things You Need for an Organized Morning

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Mornings are critical to the success of a day. With our mornings we set the tone, either preparing and executing or lounging and lazing. Very often, the way we begin our day is the way we carry out our day. But if we start with too much oomph and verve, we risk crashing and burning by lunch. So we need to begin with a considered and balanced plan. Although everyone’s morning plan will look different, an organized start to the … 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

Friday Five: links, hacks, and more

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Every Most Fridays at Simply Convivial, I post a 5-point quick-take about our week. I thought I’d do something similar over here, but with a life and link focus instead of a homeschooling focus. Enjoy! 1. Formative Fundamentals A quote on time management to mull over for the weekend. The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness. – Michal de Montaigne This wise cheerfulness is not a bury-your-head-in-the-sand variety, but one that comes because our eyes are fixed … Read More

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