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Finding Focus

Most Planners Have THIS Huge Problem

Earlier I wrote about my planner addiction and what a temptation all of the cool stuff in the stationery store is to me. I love planners, you guys. LOVE THEM. The thing is though, most planners have one fatal flaw that keeps them from working the way we think they’re going to. Can you guess […]

The Quest for the Perfect Planner

I don’t know what is wrong with me sometimes. The other day, I was walking through Michaels, on my way to buy a new sketchbook for my design projects (I go through three or four a year), when I saw a rack of discounted planners. All the pretty planners momentarily distracted me before I reminded […]

OneDrive and Syncing Microsoft Office Across Devices

I use Microsoft Word or Scribner when creating my ebooks for Amazon Kindle, because I can easily format my ebooks in a way that Kindle can read them. Word allows me to make my Kindle ebooks easier to read and more interactive for you, my readers. Another outstanding feature in Microsoft Word, since Windows 10, […]

How to overcome perfectionism and distraction in bullet journaling

Bullet Journaling and Procrastination

There’s something about my love for all things creative, my fascination with finding the perfect planner, and bullet journaling. I love the look of bullet journals. I love that I get to have different colored pens and I get to draw stuff. That is a big problem with bullet journaling for me. The pens, the […]

How to use google drive to share and store files

Using Google Drive to Share and Store Your Files

Cloud storage services like Google Drive have been an absolute life saver for work from home entrepreneurs like myself. The best part? Services like this are free! So how do you make use of cloud storage and sharing services like Google Drive? I’ve already shared a bit in other parts of this site about how […]

How to Maximize productivity this summer while having fun and enjoying your kids

Maximize Your WAHM Productivity this Summer While Enjoying Your Kids & Having Fun!

Summer is upon us, friends! I know most of you dread it because it wrecks havoc on your productivity. The key problems with summer and being a WAHM, from what I can tell, are a combination of a few things: The Kids don’t have a regular schedule and are home all day long. By the […]

Have a little grace: finding balance in your quest for productivity

Have a Little Grace ~ Finding Balance in your Quest for Productivity

Guess what I’ve learned about productivity and balance over the course of 47 years on this earth? There’s no such thing as a perfect schedule or someone able to stay on task perfectly throughout each day. In stretching ourselves to be more productive, it’s important not to undo any strides we make by beating ourselves […]

The flexibility of working from home.

The Flexibility of Working from Home

Of all the benefits of running a home-based business side hustle, I think the flexibility is what I love the best. Sometimes when I talk to moms who are thinking of working from home or working some kind of side hustle for a little extra money, they get hung up on The Schedule. Let me […]

How to Cure procrastination and build better habits

How to Cure Procrastination and Build Better Habits

I have a serious problem sometimes. Maybe I should say “Had” a serious problem. Although, to be honest, it still crops up from time to time. Steven Pressfield in War of Art would call it “Resistance”. Maybe Gretchen Rubin would call it a nasty habit. It’s procrastination, my friends.  Mixed, to be honest, with self-loathing, […]

Knowing your shoulds for better productivity

Knowing Your Own “Shoulds” for Better Productivity

Maybe this is a bit of wisdom that comes with age — the biggest danger I see for me and for others in getting things done and managing our time best is not so much in being lazy, but in doing the wrong stuff. For me, productivity is all about doing the right stuff and […]

What is a niche and why it matters

What is a Niche?

If you’ve heard anything at all about business, blogging, or working from home, you’ve probably heard the word “Niche” before.  Usually, it’s used together with “marketing”, “business”, or even “blogging”. So what is a niche?  It is a very narrow market or specialty within a larger field.  That sure clears it up, doesn’t it? A […]

How building better habits can change your life

Building Better Habits in the New Year

If you’re like me, you’re all about building better habits in your life.  Our habits have the power to shape our futures and determine our success or failure in life. All that is well and good, but how do you go about building better habits in your life? Here are a few tips to help you in building […]

How to use google to manage your busy family and household easily

Using Google Calendar to Manage a Family

Google Calendar. I think our entire family structure would descend into chaos without it. Okay, maybe not. That’s a bit of an exaggeration. However, the orderliness of our family life now that I have five adult kids who all live at home is heavily reliant on Google calendar. Let’s talk for a bit about how […]

How Linking Evernote Ntoes will help you get more done

How Linking Evernote Notes Helps You Get More Done

I love that I can link my Evernote together. Did you know you could do that? By creating links within my Evernote notes, I enhance my productivity. I also can use Evernote in many more ways. I’ve written earlier about how I use my Evernote setup to organize my notes and notebooks by priority and […]

How evernote can help you manage the tedious details of life

Using Evernote to Keep Track of the Tedious but Necessary Details

I’ve written before how I order my Evernote notebooks and notebook stacks to enhance my productivity and stay on task. Well, another use for Evernote is to keep track of those tedious but necessary details of life. Case in Point: Dealing with the Hospital. In April 2015, many of you know that two of my kids […]

What is Google Keep and How will it help you get and stay organized?

What is Google Keep and Why Do I Love it?

Google Keep is Google’s note-taking app, introduced in March 2013. It’s similar to apps like Evernote and One Note. Each of these kinds of apps has their own strengths and weaknesses, of course. I like to use a mixture of them in ways that work best. In this post, I’ll be writing about how I […]

Acting vs reacting: what is the difference and how does it affect my life

Acting vs Reacting

One of the best skills you can ever develop as a human being is the fine art of acting vs reacting. This is one of those things you learn more and more as you mature. If you’re willing to listen to life’s lessons sent your way. A professor in college used to urge us to […]

Using Google Keep, Calendar, and Drive to Organize Recipes, Menus, and Shopping Lists

Using Google Keep & Drive to Organize Recipes, Menus, and Shopping Lists

I’ve found that using Google Keep, synced with Google Drive and Calendar, allows me to easily sort and organize my recipes, menu planning, and shopping lists. Let me tell you how. The Basics of Google Keep and Google Drive Recipe Archiving I already use Pinterest to pin recipes I want to try. I think most […]

Living by faith and a plan

Living by Faith and a Plan

Is living by faith and setting goals at odds with one another? These are topics I’ve wrestled with in the past. Maybe you have too. The Two Sides of Living By Faith or By a Plan Is it too rigid for us to set goals and write out missions statements when we, as Christians, are to […]

How to get more done with less stress with Evernote

How to Get More Done with Less Stress Using Evernote

Evernote is one of my favorite cross-platform note-taking apps, but it is so much more than that. Truly, Evernote is the key to not only keeping my life organized but helping me get more done with less stress. Let me show you how you can get more done using Evernote too. Read on. The Evernote […]

Reducing the Expense of working

Thoughts on Minimizing the Expense of Working

There is an expense of working outside of the home. When you work away from home (or even if you work from home and are super busy), sometimes expenses can creep in that eat up whatever cash you’re earning, pulling that money away from what you need to spend it on. I’m talking food, commuting, […]

Struggling with focus? Here's help!

Struggling with Focus? Here’s Help

We all probably realize we need better focus in our lives to take care of what we feel we need to do or should be doing. The actual issue for most of us is how to maintain that focus. Here are a few tips I’ve learned in my life. Some Mental Downtime is Good for […]

Creating achievable long term goals

Creating Achievable Long Term Goals

You may have heard it said that if you are aiming at nothing, you’ll hit it every time. Having long-term goals helps us see further down the road. Our long-term goals give us something to aim for. Although life isn’t as perfect and linear as we’d prefer it to be, having long-term goals in mind […]

Spring cleaning your digital workspace

Spring Cleaning Your Digital Workspace

Do you struggle with finding your files on your computer? Let’s talk a bit today about how to set up some folders to improve your workflow and help you find items easier. Think of it as a little spring cleaning in your digital world. The Default Folders No matter what operating system you’re using, most have a […]

What is mind mapping and how does it help the creative process?

What is Mind Mapping and How Does it Help Me Write?

Do you struggle to organize your thoughts and ideas while writing? I use a technique called Mind Mapping to pull my idea together. Mind mapping helps me organize my thoughts before writing or while brainstorming. Mind Mapping for Better Brainstorming When I first started writing, I just wrote and wrote and wrote. Yet, I’ve boiled […]

Here are some of my favorite resources for improving and expanding my learning, many of them free!

Online Resources for Continuing Education

Oh, the 21st century is a great time to be alive. Continuing Education has never been easier, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Modern technology offers us some really amazing tools and resources for continuing education or just brushing up on some skills with online courses. In this post, I’d like to share a […]

How and why to write your own personal mission statement

How and Why to Write Your Own Personal Mission Statement

Crafting my personal mission statement has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. My personal mission statement has saved me much time, money, and frustration in my life. I think many of us when we hear the phrase “mission statement” don’t think of ourselves. You think of a large organization or business. Yet, it can […]

How to Keep your Goals and Dreams in Mind. Setting goals is one thing; achieving them is quite another.

How to Keep Your Goals and Dreams in Mind

Setting goals is one thing; achieving them is quite another. How many of us write out our New Year’s resolutions at the start of each new year, only to not even remember what most of those are by the end of the new year? Keeping those plans and New Year’s resolutions before our eyes matters […]

Thoughts on Setting Annual Goals and New Year resolutions

Thoughts on Setting Annual Goals and New Years’ Resolutions

I am a goal-orientated person. Annual Goals and New Year’s Resolutions have been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember, which I know makes me a dork. Now, this is not because I consider myself very organized or particularly productive. In fact, I think it’s more of the opposite. […]

The Content Strategy Conversation and Intervention

The Content Strategy Conversation and Intervention

Content strategy is a favorite topic of mine when talking with web design clients with grandiose ideas. This is very ironic for reasons that will become clear soon in this post. I like to talk about not using websites as glorified classified ads, yellow pages, or flyers. Websites aren’t marketing tools. Content strategy can either […]

Saying no and the stop doing list

Saying No and the Stop Doing List

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we all have the same 24 hours in a day. It’s up to us to say yes to the things that matter most and say no to the rest. In trying to achieve our goals, it’s not enough for us to do certain things. I’m talking […]

Where do you draw the line?

Reader Q: Where to Draw the Line

A reader asked me, Your post on “saying no” hit home for me. I don’t handle saying no well. I say yes and then regret it. I feel like a jerk if I say no too many times to people or events. Then I burn out quickly if I have too much going on. I’ve […]

Busy is not the same as productive

Busy is not the same as Productive

I post quite a few articles on getting things done. I’m always making goals, to-do lists, and trying to press forwards. However, when it comes to goals, schedules, to-do lists, and productivity in general, there are a few common misconceptions and complaints I’ve heard. Misconception #1: Productivity Means Less Time for People and Relationships This […]

In Praise of Down Time

In Praise of Down Time: Don’t Feel Guilty for Resting

In recent years, I’ve been learning more than I ever thought possible about exercise: the proper way to do it, the value of it, and so forth. I’ve been amazed at how some of what I’ve learned specifically about exercise also applies generally in all of life. Take for example the concept of rest and […]

Filtering Opportunities and Using Time Wisely

Filtering Out Opportunities, and Using Time Wisely

Frequently, I get asked to do things, help with activities, given offers for employment or volunteering, and otherwise opportunities to invest my time and money in a good cause. That’s when it’s most difficult to make decisions: when you know the cause is a good one. If you had an unlimited amount of time and […]

4 Tips for Parenting with the End in Mind

4 Tips for Parenting with the End in Mind

What do I mean by parenting with the end in mind? By Parenting with the End in Mind, I mean to decide where you want to end up, at the end if this parenting journey, and come up with a plan, step by step for how to get there. This is basically the same as […]

How to focus on what is really important to you

8 Steps to Focusing on What is Really Important to You

As the saying goes, the good really is the enemy of the best. One of the most frustrating parts of life, for me, is the fact that there doesn’t seem to be enough time in each day to do what I want to do or feel like I need to do. No one has the […]

Tips for making new years resolutions you'll actually keep

Tips for Making New Year’s Resolutions that You’ll Actually Keep

The problem with New Year’s Resolutions, you may have found, is that they often result in failure a short time after you created them. I don’t know about you, but I’m great at writing out a list of ambitious goals and New Year’s resolutions, only to have them end in disappointment and failure. As I […]

Prayer and SEtting Goals

Prayer and Setting Goals

When it comes to setting any kind of goals, I always take the time to pray about those first, seeking out God’s wisdom in setting my goals. God promises to give us all wisdom if we ask Him for it, so ask away! (see James 1:5). When it comes to praying about your goals, there […]

Weekly Goals and Daily To Do Lists

The Art of Setting Weekly Goals and Daily To-Do Lists

Over the years, learning what works for me and what doesn’t, I’ve drastically pared down my system to consist mostly of a sheet or two of goals to achieve annually, and then smaller goals and to-do lists that I craft from week to week. This works well in conjunction with my calendar for appointments and […]

Revising Goals and Mission Statements

Revising Your Goals & Personal Mission Statement

Life changes, and so do our priorities. Although at our core, I think we tend to value the same thing overall, I know that how I enacted that has changed over the years. For example, as I’ve grown and matured in the Lord, and as I’ve grown and matured in other areas (being a wife, […]

figuring out your passion and calling

Figuring Out Your Passion and Calling

When it comes to WAHM ideas, that is, ideas for moms to make money at home, most of them seem to involve selling some multi level marketing product that is far overpriced, endless home parties, or maybe making crafts and hoping to sell them either online or at craft fairs. Very few people talk about […]

Overcoming the Challenges of Entrepreneurial ADHD

ADHD and Working From Home

In my home, we often joke around about ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or as my kids call it, “attention deficit oh look, there’s a squirrel…”). My kids and I tend to be easily distracted but highly creative individuals. The Highly Creative part lends itself well to being a WAHM (Work at Home Mom) but […]

How to make your goals work for you

How to make your goals work for you

On Monday, I talked a little bit about why goals fail. Today, my post is going to zero in a little bit on one of those points: how to make your goals part of your every day life. In our family, we created some long term goals for different things. One of those areas was […]

How To Manage Time Effectively when Working from Home

How to Manage Time Effectively when Working from Home

Learning how to manage time effectively is crucial to getting anything done. This is true in any line of work. It’s even more true when working from home. Here are some tips on how to manage time effectively when working from home. Beware of Your Time Leeches The biggest time management issue most of us […]

Why Goals Fail and What to do to Succeed

Why Goals Fail and What You Can Do to Succeed Anyway

Many people don’t bother with goals because they feel goals are a set up to failure, instead of success. But that’s not true. Goals aren’t to blame for why goals fail. Let’s look at some reasons why Goals fail and how we can succeed with our goals anyway. I don’t think it’s a secret that […]

Using time wisely: We're stewards of the same 24 hours

Using Time Wisely: We’re Stewards of the Same 24 Hours

When talking about using time wisely, we need to keep this in mind. We all exercise stewardship over the same 24 hours per day. As moms, we manage these same 24 hours when we work for pay. We govern these same 24 hours when we raise a family and manage the home. Each of us must make the […]