...YOUR key to MORE time

By: Juli | October 06, 2016

I wonder what we should have for dinner tonight... Let's see what we have on hand. Hmmm... I don't know, let's just go out to eat. Does that sound familiar? It's the evening routine of many families, because thinking of something to make for supper is almost more work than making it. And when you just come home from work, the stress of dinner planning is often just too much.

So how can we make evening meal planning easier? Here are some ideas:

  1. Plan ahead. On the weekend when the family is together, ask, "So what does everyone want for supper this week?" Make a list of the suggestions and choose meals from the list. Add foods as needed to go along with the meal, i.e. veggies, fruit, bread, yogurt, salad, etc. Write it out and hang...

By: Juli | August 26, 2016

School has started already! Or finally... depending on your perspective. But either way, getting back into the school routine can be difficult for many families. If you're having trouble getting into the back to school groove, here are some ways to ease the transition:

  1. Plan ahead. Find out what time the bus comes or figure out alternate transportation ahead of time. This way you can begin to plan what time your day needs to start. Work backwards from the time you need to leave the house to figure out what time everyone needs to get up. Leave the house at ______. So that means we need to grab breakfast at ______. And it takes ____ minutes to get ready. So we need to set the alarm for _______. Once you've gotten that set up, you can plan the r...

By: Juli | July 25, 2016

How do you handle your to-do list? Do you keep everything on one list, one app, in your head, lots of little papers flying around...?

If you're like me, you have a never ending list of things running through your head at any given moment. So how do you deal with everything and make sure nothing gets overlooked and forgotten until it's too late?

Here are some of the ways I keep up with everything. I know everyone has there own way of doing things, but maybe one or two of these ideas will help you, too.

  • Write it down as soon as you think of it. Whether it needs to be done now or later, write it on your list. That way you won't have to try to remember what that was that you need to do. "I know it was important and it just went right out of ...

By: Juli | July 14, 2016

Why is it so hard to say no? When many of us are already overbooked, overworked, overtired and over stressed, why do we feel compelled to take on even more? Especially when we often resent what we just said yes to.

Maybe the big reason we can't say no is guilt. Maybe it's the fear of what other people will think. Maybe we feel uncomfortable. Maybe we think we can do everything best and it will all fall apart if we don't do it.

I used to have trouble saying no to things people would ask me to do, or join, or plan... And I got tired of feeling annoyed about the extra work I had just taken on. But the uncomfortable-ness of saying no was so overwhelming that if I did say no I would think about it over and over and wonder what that person thought ...

By: Juli | June 21, 2016

Do you ever feel like you have so much to do that you'll never get it all done? Life is always busy, but there are times that literally everything is important and has to be done right now. How do you juggle everything at once without messing up something important and/or losing your mind? Here are some tips that I use when everything is piling up at once. Hopefully some of them will help you, too.

  1. Everything that has to be done is important, but some things are most important. What are those most important things? Write them down and when they need to be done. What are the steps you will need to do to get them done? Write them down in your planner or tell Siri to remind you on the days that each step needs to be taken. If you can get it all...