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Books I Like to Read- “168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think” by Laura Vanderkam


I feel that proper and sometimes creative time management is important in life. How else can you spend time with the kids AND go to work AND have a date night AND finish that building project in your backyard. There are many techniques and suggestions out there. I came across a book that I really enjoyed and learned a lot from called 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think by Laura Vanderken.

168 hours is the number of hours in seven days (One week) .  The premise is that we misapply a lot of the time during that week, either through excuses or misplaced priorities. Because of that, we find ourselves not having time for the stuff that’s genuinely important to us. She interviews dozens of successful, happy people, and shows you her realization that they allocate their time differently than many of us. Instead of letting the daily crap crowd out the important stuff, they start by making sure there’s time for the important stuff.  Vanderkam shows that with a little examination and prioritizing, you’ll find it is possible to sleep eight hours a night, exercise five days a week, visiting Granny, and write that novel without giving up quality time for work,self, and other things that really matter. I really enjoyed the book!!!

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Organizing


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Quick Tip Saturday- Don’t Live At The Grocery Store



I’m guilty of this one sometimes. I go to my Sprouts Market twice or three times a week! I just love it in there! But I am learning it’s just a waste of my time to go more than once AND I’ll have a tendency to spend more money than I should! Dang it! So today’s tip is:

Make a list and go to the grocery store once a week! Buy all that you need and USE it all week! 


Posted by on March 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


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It’s Never Too Early To Teach Time Management




Kids are not adults! When it comes to getting them to learn organization, it’s a blessing. I found in my experience of raising kids that they respond to routine. Kids can be taught. Kids are also observant and will sometimes mimic what they see and hear. So it’s up to us adults to lead and show them the way. It’s up to us to give them skills that will last them a lifetime.

Of course every child learns differently and at a different pace, but here are a few general suggestions to get them started:

1)    Create a habit of when they change out of their school clothes into their “play” clothes.  And where to put those school clothes.

2)    Create a habit of when and where they do their homework every day. Give them the same place to do it and same time (if possible) to work on it.

3)    Help them organize assignments by getting folders and labeling them. Keeps it all in one place. (sometimes clipboards work too.)

4)    Create an order of how things happen each night: chores, dinner, homework, tv time, bedtime, for example.

5)    Encourage them to pick out their own outfits each night before bedtime. I LOVE not having to worry about what I have to wear when I get up in the morning. AND it saves time.

6)    Lovingly let them know that they are doing a good job!! Positive reinforcement!

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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Organizing


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