Category: Planning and Time Management

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of. (Benjamin Franklin)

Planning is making time for things that matter.

Year-End Review, New Year Planning

December is the month when my planning instinct kicks into overdrive. I flip the calendar page on the first, and it’s as if I’ve opened a new channel in my brain. All the while I’m enjoying holiday preparations and wondering...

Dad Lessons and Homeschool Schedules

Considering the greater good “Are you finished with school? Want to ride with me to the dump?” my husband Donald inquired, poking his head into the schoolroom. Pencils flew everywhere as the boys jumped up, ready to go. We hadn’t...

Deep Work by Cal Newport review

Deep Work by Cal Newport: A Review in Visual Notes

I enjoy books on time management, life balance, and purpose, but I’ve read so many that it’s rare that one stands out. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport definitely stood out. Moving past elementary...

Year-end planning and a printable monthly calendar for your planner.

Year-End Planning and 2016 Planner Calendar

A Simple Year-End Planning Routine Each year at this time, I try to spend at least an hour each day planning, organizing, and tidying. A tidying of my physical space helps to organize my mind and heart for the new year, but I’ve discovered that year-end planning works...

Keep homeschooling simple with simple routines and records.

Keeping it Simple in the New Homeschool Year

Love it or hate it, it’s time for a new school year. It may seem absurd to think about simplifying now, just as you are faced with crisp new notebooks, sharp pencils, and delectable stacks of books, but the first month...

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.” Benjamin Franklin

Big-Rock Planning

Big-Rock Planning for Life Whether you are planning a homeschool year or just mapping out a routine for life, don’t forget to start planning with the big rocks—the things that matter most. Big-rock planning works in every area of life. I’ve written about it...

The Scream by Edvard Munch, 1893

Time Management for Busy Times

What to do when you can’t do everything It’s almost the end of the year, so I am thinking more about time management than usual. December is always full—in addition to the holidays, we have family birthdays, our anniversary, volunteer activities, whatever business project is...

Time management tips from Benjamin Franklin

A Simple Schedule from Benjamin Franklin

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of. —Benjamin Franklin— Time management can help you accomplish the things that matter most in life. I’ve made schedules for every stage in my life, and one mistake I consistently made...

Art soothes the soul and provides a pleasant transition to the contemplative season.

Slipping into a Seasonal Business Routine

My business year has two primary seasons: the convention season and the contemplative season. The end of July saw the end of business travel until next February, unless something unforeseen crops up, and I have to admit I’m delighted to be...

Time management for entrepreneurial parents.

Time Management for Entrepreneurial Parents

One of the biggest challenges facing entrepreneurial parents, especially homeschooling moms, is time management — balancing home, school, work, and life, and doing reasonable justice to each. It’s probably always been hard, but the challenge seems to have increased with the speed...

Read not the Times, but read the eternities. (Thoreau)

A Year Without the News Media

In 2013, I quit. I’ve never been a heavy consumer of news and pop culture, but for over 30 years, I faithfully read the daily newspaper and usually listened to radio news once or twice a week. I don’t watch television...

Summertime Carnival of Homeschooling

Today’s Carnival shares posts on the state of education and leaving a homeschooling legacy, helpful articles on planning and organizing your school year and day, and a few extras on things such as how to whistle, whether homeschoolers can redeem BoxTops for Education, and more

Planning helps you use time wisely, and making a custom planner can help you spend time as you need to.

How to Make a Custom Planner

One of the most important prerequisites for doing what matters is planning. Although I do a lot of my work on the computer, I’ve used paper-based planners ever since I was in middle school. I prefer to plan during contemplative...

The 350th Carnival of Homeschooling: Ideas You Can Use

Join us for a great Carnival of Homeschooling, featuring articles on time and what to do with it, words, nature, celebrations, and more.

Here's our booth at the Great Homeschool Convention in Greenville, SC.

Homeschool Conventions Made Easy

A veteran homeschooler, conference speaker, and vendor shares tips and strategies to make the home-school convention a highlight of your homeschool year.

Getting it all done in a one-person business can be hard, but you can do more than you think.

How to Get it All Done in a One-Person Business

At a recent conference, I met a fellow entrepreneurial writer  I’ve known online for many years. She and her husband attended the microbusiness workshop I did, then stopped by the booth to talk about current projects, managing a business, and...

You need focus in order to accomplish big things.

Just Say No to Desktop Notifications & Other Dings and Beeps

I receive e-mail through a Google apps interface that provides a calendar and docs, and handles mail in Gmail style. Every time I’ve logged in recently, a banner over my inbox has invited me to receive desktop notifications of new e-mail as...

Work on one project at a time for fastest results.

Multi-tasking is Highly Overrated

So . . . exactly how many things are you doing at this very moment? How many programs are open on your computer, and how many windows in your browser? If you’re anything like me, I’m guessing there are too...

Blog Carnival: Summer Isn’t Over Yet

The Blog Carnival offers inspiration and encouragement as summer winds down and school begins. Enjoy!

Getting Things Done (GTD) helps put the puzzle pieces back in place.

Back on the GTD Wagon

I hadn’t planned to read David Allen’s splendid Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity this summer, but when I found myself going in panicky circles after a recent business trip, trying to unpack, uncover my desk, plan means,...

Do what you love-- it's the path to success.

Why It’s Important to Work with What You Love

As you try to decide what to do for your first microbusiness, you may be tempted to research trends in order to find the most profitable niche. Research has it’s place, of course, but it’s not the only tool for...

Without Focus, You’ll Get Nowhere

Or maybe you’ll get somewhere, but it won’t be anywhere you were hoping to be. It takes focus to keep your eye on a distant goal while juggling present responsibilities. It also takes a bit of pruning– cutting out all...

Set priorities for the new year by Janice Campbell

Set Priorities for the New Year

Here’s how you can make your personal New Year a time of renewal and refreshment. Think through goals and routines, and create priorities that help you, like Mary, focus on “the better part.”

Carnival of Homeschooling: Making Time for Things That Matter- 2011 Planning

Are you ready for 2011? For the last Carnival of Homeschooling for 2010, we have a loose collection of posts under the general topic of Making Time for Things that Matter. I find that the beginning of a new year...

The Peaceful Planning system makes homeschool planning and record-keeping simple.

Homeschool Planning the Peaceful Way

I’m trying to choose a cover for the new Making Time for Things that Matter Life Planner. I’d appreciate your feedback!

Plan to live life on purpose.

Plan to Live Life on Purpose

Create a mission statement, goals, and a plan to help you make time for things that matter.

Make Time for Things that Matter: Impact and Significance

Making time for significance I had the opportunity to speak on “Making Time for Things that Matter” at the Ultimate Homeschool Expo last week, and I’ve also been reading a book called Eternal Impact: Investing in the Lives of Others...

Carnival of Homeschooling: The Beach Reading Edition

The Beach Reading Edition of Carnival of Homeschooling is up, and there are great posts on why to homeschool through high school, how to motivate your children, how to teach boys, and much, much more. Enjoy!

Carnival of Homeschooling- The NaNoWriMo Edition

Preface Welcome to this hundred-and-umpteenth Carnival of Homeschooling! Because November is National Novel Writing Month (also known as NaNoWriMo or nano), and I’m over 10,000 words into the writing process (and can’t think of anything but writing, writing, and more...

Create A Place of Quietness in your Day

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when there is noise and hubbub all day long? It can be hard to avoid when you have children home all the time. One of the things I did with my boys was to create...

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