Archive for February, 2012
Posted on February 29, 2012 by LJ Earnest
One of the best things we can do to simplify our lives is to free ourselves from the obligation of attending things we don’t want to go to. Nothing sucks worse than being stuck at a concert that bores you silly, or eating another piece of rubbery chicken at an awards banquet for someone you don’t know. Or even being stuck for an evening with a neighbor as they show you the 5000 pictures they took on their recent trip to the beach (isn’t digital film grand?).
But if you are asked to do something, a brusque “No” comes off sounding rude and unfriendly.
So how do you get around it?
Posted on February 28, 2012 by LJ Earnest
On Tuesdays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. Today I talk about DIY, chopsticks, burnout, creativity, having fun at work, procrastination, dusting baseboards, keeping cables neat with chapstick and stressful time reminders.
Posted on February 27, 2012 by LJ Earnest
Did you ever get the feeling that all of our work toward organization, productivity and simplicity had come to a standstill? Or not only that you had stopped making progress, but that you had slid back into old habits?
We all have periods of backsliding. The trick is what you do about them to get back into productive, organized living. The 3 A’s (Awareness, Accept Your Position and Plan and Take Action) will get you back on the upside.
Posted on February 25, 2012 by LJ Earnest
I’ve decided that from time to time I’ll make a Saturday post and let you know about what I am reading, what I am studying, and things that are interesting me. New At The Blog I finally set up an AWeber mailing list. I’ve had some problems with Feedburner, so […]
Posted on February 24, 2012 by LJ Earnest
Recently a young friend, just out on her own, asked about how my house was always ready for visitors. She wanted to know my secrets to keep things clean with a minimal amount of effort. They’re not secrets, they’re merely strategies, and here they are:
Posted on February 22, 2012 by LJ Earnest
Cooking healthy meals for a family that is on the go can be challenging, if not downright difficult. Remembering to prep food ahead of time, to have the correct ingredients on hand, or even to start the cooking can all foil plans, and lead you to a bag of greasy hamburgers.
I rely on Freezer To Table meals for those nights when we are just pinched for time, or I don’t feel like cooking. Here are my favorites:
Posted on February 21, 2012 by LJ Earnest
On Tuesdays I pull the best of my blog readings to share with readers. Topics can come from anywhere, and cover anything. This week I talk about energy slumps, creativity rules, bedtimes, organizing apps, choices and productivity.
Posted on February 20, 2012 by LJ Earnest
Someone recently expressed an interest in how I apply all these techniques in my personal life. She wanted to know how my typical day runs. So here is a day in my life, warts and all.