How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

How a Daily Plan Increases My Productivity

I’m a piddler.  I come from a long line of piddlers and I’ve learned from the best.  Because I’m so good at it, if I don’t have a daily plan, I get very little accomplished. What do I consider a daily plan?  A daily plan for me is a page in my planner on which I’ve recorded my appointments and my tasks.  Sometimes I even plan when I’m going to do the tasks.  I also include things I need to … [Read more...]

What’s in My Cleaning Caddy!

What's in My Cleaning Caddy

My cleaning caddy is a very important part of my cleaning process.  I try to keep it well stocked with things I use on a daily basis.  I also have duplicates of some of my cleaning supplies in areas where I use them frequently – like the bathrooms. But my basic cleaning caddy contains the following items: Cleaning rags.  I use wash rags.  They’re a great size, easy to clean and … [Read more...]

It’s Okay To Have An Unproductive Day Sometimes

It's Okay to Have An Unproductive Day Sometimes

My daughter-in-law, Ashley, had a tough week last week. I won't bore you with all the details about what went on, but trust me, it was a tough week. And exhausting. And discouraging. But she plugged away and got through it. Today (Monday) is the beginning of a new phase of life. Her oldest daughter (and my oldest grandchild), Ivy, went to kindergarten today. And her son (and my second grandchild), … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 176) & Cooking Tips, Too!

Pizza

I fell back into my temporary bad habit of winging it. Seriously, I hate winging it. I . . . need . . . a. . . list! It turned out okay but it definitely increased my stress level. Here's how the week turned out. Monday Skillet Sausage and Rice (NEW) NOTES: This was a new recipe I found and it was just okay. I won't be making it again. Tuesday Leftovers Wednesday Homemade Pizza NOTES: … [Read more...]

Moroccan Chicken & Chickpea Stew

Moroccan Chicken & Chickenpea Stew

I know it's a little early for soup since it's still blazin' hot outside, but I actually made this on a cooler day and it really hit the spot. So if you eat soup year round, here you go. If you only eat soup in the winter, save this for later because it's worth making. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large red onion, diced (1) ½ lb.carrots, peeled, quartered and sliced 5 cloves garlic, … [Read more...]

Why I Use a Monthly Calendar AND Daily Pages

Why I Use a Monthly Calendar AND Daily Pages

I haven’t always seen the need for a monthly calendar (I had one but didn’t use it much) but I’m certainly a believer now and have been for a long time.  Here are 5 reasons I can’t live without my monthly calendar. A monthly calendar helps me see the big picture. I can’t see the big picture on daily pages.  It’s a little easier on weekly pages but it’s still not a big enough picture.  Seeing … [Read more...]

11 Tips for More Effective Sweeping

11 Tips for More Effective Sweeping

I love sweeping.  I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this once or twice before (okay, maybe more than that!).  It’s one of the single most important things I can do to make my house look good and it’s part of my morning routine.  As a result, I’ve learned a few tricks that make sweeping more effective. Don’t sweep just the areas you can see! Sweep under the furniture, too.  Slide the broom under … [Read more...]