How to Balance Your Work and Home Life

By on March 27, 2017

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As a former teacher, I often brought my work home with me. It was tricky to juggle the things going on at home with the school work that I needed to complete. As a result, things at home would be put off until the school work was completed. It was important to find a balance between my work life and my home life.

Life can be tricky to balance. How do you effectively accomplish what needs to be done each day? Taking some time, daily, to complete a few items can help with the overwhelm that the day can bring.

1 | Create a morning routine

Starting out your day with a routine can help to get your day off to a good start. Whether this includes a good breakfast, your morning cup of coffee, or checking your email, a routine can begin your day in a positive way.

2 | Create a nightly routine

Get ready for the next day by preparing for it. Make sure that your items for the next day are ready to go. Choose what you are going to wear, make your lunch, and make sure that you have all the items you need in one place can help with preventing a rough start the next morning.

3 | Utilize your planner daily for both home and work activities

Although using a different planner for both home and work may seem like the best option, it makes it very difficult to see the overall picture of what each day is going to look like. Utilize a planner that has multiple sections for each day. There are several planners that come formatted this way. Erin Condren and The Happy Planner are two such examples. One section can be for your home activities, one for your work appointments and meetings, and one for things that you need to complete each day.

4 | Clear the clutter

Before you end your work day, straighten up your desk and clear off items that don’t have a home there.  At home, take a few minutes to clean up the clutter each evening. Taking time to do this each day will help to start the next day with a fresh perspective.

5 | Take time for yourself

This is the most important item on the list. Take some time for yourself to relax and mentally prepare for the next day. You don’t have to do anything in particular. Sometimes, taking five to ten minutes just to sit and relax is helpful.

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Taking time to complete the above items can help to create some balance in your work and home life. They help to get your day off to a great start and end on a positive note.

Until next time,

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How to Use Your Planner to Track Your Day

By on March 23, 2017

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One item that I utilize on a daily basis is my planner. It keeps track of more than just the appointments on my calendar. I also use it to list my daily cleaning task, dinner plans, water intake and my daily gratitude.

Since each day brings with it some things that you need to accomplish. One way to get the most out of your day is to track specific items that you need to remember or complete.

What You Can Track in Your Planner

There are multiple things that you can track in your planner:

1. Cleaning – 

Instead of saving all of your cleaning tasks for the weekend, or your day off, schedule a cleaning task each day. At the end of the week, your house will be taken care of and your time can be spent doing other things.

2. Meals –

There are a couple of different ways that you can approach tracking your meals in your planner. You can plan out your dinner plans for the week, or write out what you’ve had to eat each day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Either way, your planner is a great place to keep track of this.

3. Water Intake –

Are you struggling with getting enough water each day? Your planner can be used to track how much you are consuming to reach your daily hydration goal.

4. Exercise –

Whether you plan what you are going to be doing each day, what you’ve done, or the time you’re allotting to complete it, your planner is a great place to make this happen.

5. Bills or Payments –

Keep track of your monthly bills by writing out the monthly list of payments and the day that they are due.

6. Birthdays and Anniversaries –

You can keep track of the important events in your life in a couple of different ways. You can write them in on the actual date or keep a perpetual calendar that you move from month to month.

7. Tasks –

We all have a list of items that we need to complete each week. Writing them down in your planner allows you to see the big picture and gives you the satisfaction of checking them off when they are complete.

8. Projects –

A project list could be an item that you plan out to completion or keep track of multiple things that you need to do.

9. Goals –

A planner is a great place to keep track of your goals. Keeping a record of your goals in your planner allows you to see them each day so you can work on obtaining them.

10. Gratitude –

Writing out what you are grateful for is an encouragement, especially when your day isn’t going as planned.

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Make your planner work for you each day. Keep track of the things that you need to do by writing them in your planner. Or, you can keep a running list that you house in your planner. Either way, you can effectively use your planner to track your day.

Until next time,

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How to Make a Planner Work For You

By on March 20, 2017

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How do you plan out your day? Do you keep a mental list in your head, or do you use either a paper planner or a calendar on your phone, that you use to schedule out your day?

I use a calendar on my phone for planning with my family, but when it comes to personal planning, I use a paper planner. This is a personal preference and what works best for me. It also allows me to add physical documents to it that need immediate attention. My current planner is from Me and My Big Ideas.

So, how can you make your planner work for you? How can you make the most out of your time?

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Using Your Planner

1 | Plan out your week beforehand.

The best way to tackle your week is to have an overview of what is happening each day. Plan out your week and take the time each evening to review your day and look at the next one.

2 | Plan out your day in its entirety.

Many people look at their calendar and see only the appointments or meetings that they need to take care of each day. It’s also important to add in errands that you need to run, and other tasks, either at home or at work, that need to be completed. That way, you have a complete picture of your day.

3 | Check things off throughout the day.

As simple as this task may seem, it is helpful to check things off in your planner as you finish them. Not only does it provide a visual cue, it also helps to give you a sense of completion.

4 | Plan some time for yourself.

It is easy to look at your calendar and commit to something because there isn’t something already planned. You need to plan time to do what’s important for you and your family life. Taking the time to relax isn’t something that we often do and when we do, we feel guilty about it.

Find a planner system that works for you and implement the ideas listed above. They will allow you to keep track of your schedule and to-do’s, as well as give yourself some much needed time to relax.

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Until next time,

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How to Incorporate Hygge In Your Home

By on March 16, 2017


I am all for making our home a warm, comfortable, and cozy place to live in. This is especially true during inclement weather or when winter has the ground filled with snow. One way that I help to incorporate the cozy feeling that our home embodies is by utilizing hygge.

What is hygge? Perhaps, you’ve already heard of it. If you haven’t, hygge (pronounced hue-guh) is a Danish word, and one of its interpretations means cozy. It is an atmosphere that can be created by getting away from our busy life and enjoying the simple things. Whether there is snow on the ground or a thunderstorm raging outside, you can add hygge to your life year-round.

Adding Hygge to Your Home

1 | A Cozy Chair or Space – One of the main things you need is a cozy space to relax. Make it a comfortable chair or a small corner of a room.  It should be something that is warm and comfortable. If you have a fireplace in your home, light a fire and snuggle in to relax.

2 | Candle Light – Candlelight is an important feature. Lit candles immediately add light and warmth to the surroundings. Even during the warmer months, candles create a relaxing atmosphere.


3 | A Hot Drink – Drinking a cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa can be very relaxing. Make a cup of your favorite, hot beverage and enjoy.

4 | A Warm Blanket or Sweater – A warm blanket or sweater can help you stay comfortable. Even during the warmer months, it is nice to snuggle into one when the nights get cooler.

5 | A Good Book – Grab your favorite book or start a new one and enjoy some quiet time to snuggle in and read.


Taking time to unplug and relax can often be put off because life itself demands so much of our constant attention. Take an hour, or an afternoon to enjoy the simple things in your life.

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How to Live a Simplified Life

By on March 10, 2017

Life can be busy sometimes. Today’s fast-paced lifestyle creates so much to do, and it seems that there is never enough time to do everything. The constant communication with digital devices can make it hard to unplug and relax, much less get everything done. So, how can we live a simplified life, so it’s not so overwhelming?

It’s important to re-evaluate our life and look at what’s essential. Listed below are a few ideas that you could start implementing today.

1 | Take a digital device break.

With today’s digital devices, we are always plugged in.  It’s tempting to check the latest text, email, or social media post. It isn’t easy to take a break from our digital lives, but it’s essential to unplug so we can focus on what’s important.

2 | Learn to say “no.”

It isn’t always easy to say “no” to someone when they ask you for something. Even though it might seem self-indulgent, it’s okay to say “no” if doing what has been requested means that you’re adding stress to your already busy life.

3 | Spend quality time with family and friends.

In wanting to get things done, we often don’t have or take the time to spend quality time with family and friends. Take the time to sit and talk with your loved ones each day. Make time for some face to face time even if you just have a family dinner around the table or plan time for a get-together with friends.

4 | Spend some time outside.

Nature can be the best medicine sometimes. Spending time outside and feeling the sun on your face, the smell of the flowers, and the sounds of nature that surround you. A beautiful day can change your mood for the better.

5 | Light a candle.

Lighting a candle benefits us not only with the warm glow that it gives off but also with the scent that it has. Soy candles are clean burning and give off a great scent. Choose a scent that helps you to relax. Of course, we all know, never leave a burning candle unattended.

6 | Just breathe.

If life becomes overwhelming, sometimes it helps to take a moment to breathe. Breathing slowly and deeply contributes to relaxing you when you’re in the midst of a stressful moment.

What other things could you add to your list to simplify your life, so it’s not so overwhelming? Take the time to implement one of the ideas or one of your own each day. With as busy as life can be, it’s important to take the time to create a simplified life.

Until next time,


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