Productivity

A habitual list-maker and recovering washy-tape addict, I have a special affinity for all things related to being organized and productive in our day-to-day lives.  Here you’ll find lots of ideas you can immediately implement for how to be productive and get things done.

 

 

How to Start A Blog on WordPress

How to Start A Blog on WordPress

I looked up this month and realized that I’ve been blogging consistently now for 5 years!  I can’t believe it’s been that long!  I started my blog to chronicle our first-home building journey and life along the way with a new baby.  Since that time, I’ve gone from full-time lawyer to work-at-home mom (if you consider blogging work), which I really don’t, although I do spend quite a bit of time on my blog.

Thinking back, I’ve learned so much along the way through friendships with other bloggers (essential), blog conferences (I’ll be heading to Haven this week!), reading and watching tutorials on everything from better photography to how to use the latest social media.  

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Summer Morning & Evening Routines

Summer Morning & Evening Routines

I mentioned yesterday in my Father’s Day Gift Guide post that we are already into our first official week of summer vacation, but I feel like it still hasn’t quite sunken in yet.  I’m still in “go-mode”, partly because I’ve got six weeks to go on my bikini contest prep, and also since we’ve not really settled into those long, lazy summer days yet.  I know they’re coming and I welcome them!!  It takes us awhile to get used to not having to be go, go, go . . .

Since I don’t want our summer to be stressed with rigid schedules,

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Free 2015 Calendar Printables

Free 2015 Calendar Printables

We’ll be in 2015 before we know it, and I’m already needing a calendar to plan dates for next year.  I’m quite the calendar hog, often switching calendars mid-year because I can’t stick to just one design!  I’ve rounded up 10 super-cute FREE printable calendars that you can download and print straight from your home computer.  Since they don’t cost anything, feel free to change designs throughout the year, 😉 

1 | Miss Tiina

2 | Today’s Creative Blog

3 | Creative Mamma

4 | iMom

5 | I Heart Naptime

6 | Botanical Paperworks

7 | Creative Mamma

8 | Mis Tiina

9 | Motherhood Trade via Sugar Doodle 

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Inspiration for Blog Posts

Inspiration for Blog Posts

Like anyone who works in a creative field, we all get in ruts where inspiration is lacking and our creative juices aren’t flowing.  That was me a few weeks ago when I wanted to do some Fall decorating, but just wasn’t feeling it.  Luckily, decorating isn’t necessarily my “work” so I didn’t have to force myself to pull something together.  I could just wait a bit and then get to it.  But, if your work is dependent on you coming up with fresh ideas or if you’re a blogger, especially a ‘home’ or ‘diy’ blogger, coming up with creative content on a consistent basis can become overwhelming and difficult to maintain.  

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10 Steps to Better Blog Posts

10 Steps to Better Blog Posts

After over 4 years of blogging an average of 4 days a week (and a second blog to boot!), I’ve gotten into a groove with the process I go through when writing a blog post.  My method and hours have changed from the days when I blogged late-night after work from my couch, and now I blog pretty much exclusively from my bright home office while my son is in preschool.  I outlined my blogging process for you below and it breaks down to 10 steps that I generally follow every time I sit down to write a blog post.

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Accomplishing Goals

Accomplishing Goals

Hi friends!  Not much new here on the home front as I’ve been busting it in the gym and with other commitments.  If you’ve been following along on my fitness journey, I just posted a Bikini Contest Prep- 4 Weeks Out Recap.  I “resolved” at the New Year to get in shape.  I had gained extra weight and wasn’t happy in my skin, and was tired of feeling slow and heavy.  I needed to get my groove and energy back.  Three months later, at age 39, I was preparing for a bikini fitness competition (a very old “bucket-list”

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Our Summer Schedule & Useful Calendars

Our Summer Schedule & Useful Calendars

We had our LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! last Friday and it’s time to let the summertime fun roll!!!  🙂 Sort of.  I’ll be home this summer with my son, and as much as I’d love to just “go with the flow” each day, that doesn’t really work for us.  We pretty much do that on weekends and I cherish those days.  In fact, on Saturday we stayed in pj’s until 6pm when we had to get ready to attend a dance recital.  But, on the weekdays, there is still a lot going on, like PTO meetings, swim and karate lessons, my Dad’s doctor appointments,

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Prepping for Weekday Mornings

Prepping for Weekday Mornings

I am not a morning person.  I love the idea of waking up early, before the rest of the house is awake, sitting quietly with a hot cup of coffee and enjoying the morning, then kicking into high gear, knocking out a bunch of things for the day.  On days when that has happened, I feel like I’ve done a whole day’s worth of work by noon.  But, in actuality, I’m the person who pushes snooze on her alarm clock (probably twice) most mornings.  My son is often my alarm as he jumps out of bed as soon as his eyes open around 6:30 a.m.  

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Toddler Chore Chart

Toddler Chore Chart

Recently, I’ve started teaching my just-turned-4-year old that unpacking his backpack after school is his “job.”  It is kind of a big job too because it means carrying the bulky bag in from the car, there is a snack bag and a lunch bag to unpack, with freezer bags to put into the freezer, plastic containers that go into the sink and sometimes trash to throw away.  Then, there is the folder that needs to be emptied.  Everything goes back into the backpack for the next day.  He often complains that he’s, “too busy” to unpack his backpack, but I tell him it’s his job and when he’s finished,

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Living an Organized Life // The Master List

Living an Organized Life // The Master List

Whenever I’m asked, “How do you do it all?”  I always laugh and say, “I don’t!”  And then I want to ask you the same thing!  We wear so many hats these days, especially when we have kids to raise and take care of.  There are so many things to juggle in our lives- work (at home or outside), home room mom, sports mom, grocery shopper and meal preparer, chauffer, homework supervisor, all the while trying to have a life that may involve commitments with friends, church, fitness, caring for ailing family members, etc.  

Whenever I get overwhelmed by life pulling me in different directions,

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