3 Things I Do Every Week to Keep Out the Digital Clutter

You’re going to laugh when I tell you how simple this is. This may be one of my shortest posts on the site! No, really. Digital Clutter stems from just a few different automatic actions and doing these three things will help you keep a hold of it once and for all. Here they are: Inbox to Zero Clean off my desktop. Clean out my downloads folder. Inbox to Zero If you’ve been around the site, you may have run across my series on Inbox Zero. Keeping my email inboxes at zero is something I do practice regularly. However, every […]

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How I Set Goals and Map Them Out for Success and You Can Too!

girl writing in journal

You should absolutely set goals. If I can say one thing to anyone who is trying to strive for more, it would be to set goals.  If you have big dreams or even small things you want to accomplish, the way to do it is to set goals. Let me throw some statistics out there for you before we begin. First, goal setting has a statistically significant effect on behavior. Setting a goal makes you act. At least we hope it does. If you set actionable steps towards your goal you are 40% more likely to achieve it. If you […]

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How to Use Your Own Planner Layout Ideas to Create a Perfect Spread

If you are reading this post it means you are searching for your own planner peace. There are planner layout ideas in your head that you know will cause you to have the most productive year in the history of ever. Well, I’m here to tell you that there really is no such thing. GASP! No, really. There is an ongoing joke in the planner community about how many planners different people buy each year and how often people switch. Have you read my post about checking your systems? It is normal to change planners and planner layouts (within reason) […]

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Canva For Educators: Why I Love This Free Tool

When I started on my blog journey this year, I discovered a POWERFUL tool that I’ve added to my arsenal: Canva. Holy crap is this thing a powerhouse of awesome. For my blog stuff, I use it to create my pins, Instagram posts (btw, don’t forget to follow me if you don’t already: @creatingtimeforlife), and more. After learning of its power and ease, I then turned it loose on everything in my classroom as well! The best part: as an educator, you can use all the awesome features for free! Canva for educators is FREE. So this post is going […]

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Ideas for How to Use the Skinny Classic Planner by the Happy Planner

Skinny Classic Monthly Layout

Oooh boy! I was a little too excited about getting a haul of fun things from The Happy Planner over Memorial Day weekend this year. They had an awesome sale and I got a lot of fun things. One of the things I’ve been back and forth about getting was a Skinny Classic Planner. I loved the idea of it but I had no purpose for it. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted it… because isn’t that how all of us are? Fast forward a couple of weeks to the sale and I found myself searching […]

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Which Planner Layout is Best For You to Get Stuff Done?

Digital Planner Layout with Coffee Stickers

One of the things I mention all the time is that you have to make things your own. If something isn’t working for you, change it. Don’t keep using it because you think that everyone else is doing it. Everyone is unique and the planner layout that works for you, might not be the planner layout that works for me. So, let’s dive into the different standard types of planner layouts. Then, I will share my own personal planner layouts and how they have evolved even in these past few months! Standard Planner Layouts If you were to look at […]

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How a Time Diary Helped Me See Where I Was Wasting Time

Time Diary Wasting Time Clock

If you read my last post, you will know that I tried keeping a time diary for a week. This has been eye-opening! If you haven’t read the initial post, check it out here. This time I’m back to share what I learned and where I was wasting time! Sitting down to analyze this log was awesome and humbling. There were a lot of things that I learned. I am putting it all out here for you today in hopes that you will try this for a week too.  Let me tell you my main takeaways from my personal time […]

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How to Use a Time Diary to Help Create More Time in Your Life

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Let’s be honest. How many times in the last month have you said the words “I don’t have time for…”? That thought is one of the main reasons I started this blog. The truth is that we do have time and this idea of time management is totally false. Well, it isn’t false so much as it is all a matter of how you look at things. Creating more time for your life is all about choices. I’m absolutely learning more about this with the time diary I started this week. 168 Hours This post is inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s […]

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How To Effectively Do a Brain Dump: An Amazing Productivity Hack

Effective Brain Dump Organizing My List

Do you ever have a moment where you realize that you have so much to do and you have absolutely no idea what any of those things are? Or, my personal favorite… you have all the things to do, but you’re so overwhelmed by all of it that you sit on the couch and binge Netflix instead? An effective brain dump will help you get over that feeling! All of us do this at one time or another. We become forgetful. We feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we just shut down because we feel like we have so much to do and […]

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Morning Journaling: How to Start This Amazing Healthy Habit Right Now

Journaling; phone and computer with open journal

Do you struggle with goals?  Does your morning start out with chaos right off the bat?  Is your to-do list a mile long and you see no end in sight?  Then it is time to start adding journaling to your routine. Before you even start with the excuses of no time, I’m going to stop you.  Five minutes, maybe ten can start this healthy habit.  It will be a game-changer for you.  If you feel like you don’t have 5-10 minutes to sit for a moment in the morning for yourself, then make that time.  Your family, your work, and […]

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