Simple Planning {How to Plan an Event}

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Planning our days can be challenging enough, but what about those bigger events in life like birthdays, vacations, and holidays?  They can be so overwhelming – where does one even begin to plan for out-of-the-ordinary things like that? Without having a plan for the bigger life events, things can quickly become an event we did not anticipate. As we strategically plan ahead, we can avoid pitfalls such as spending too much money, running exhausting last minute errands, and taking on too much instead of delegating to friends and family who would be happy to help! Today, for part of our…

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Simple Planning {Step 2: Add When}

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For the last few days, you’ve planned your day by choosing (and dare I say, tackling) your three most-important tasks. This “spark” of simple planning is helpful even for those of us who love to plan. I’ve learned that having too many things on my to-do list (or trying to create the perfect plan) is overwhelming, discouraging, and even distracting. Choosing three tasks that are the most important things I need to get done today helps me focus my energy. Now that you’ve had some experience planning the “what” of your day, let’s turn our attention to the “when”. Planning…

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A Simple Start to Planning Your Days

By | Motivation, Plan Time

It’s time for a planning spark. Yep, you know that jump-start you need to actually complete those goals you’ve set for 2014? Well, we’ve got just the thing. We’ll lead you through simple yet effective planning tips you can use in your everyday life. Planning doesn’t have to be overwhelming or intimidating. So, whether you’re new to planning or need some tips to refine your efforts, all you’ll need are some 3×5 cards and a willingness to try things out! PLAN MINI-CHALLENGE DETAILS: Monday, January 13th – Friday, January 17th Hosted by  Christie and Melissa. A chance to try out simple planning tools for daily planning….

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Designating a Place for the Word

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By Denise J. Hughes I enjoy partnering with The Seed Company to help bring awareness to Bible poverty around the globe. One time, The Seed Company asked a group of bloggers to gather all the Bibles in our home and take a picture. The point was to illustrate the abundant access we have to God’s Word. So I made it a family venture and told my kids to find all of the Bibles in our house — sort of like an indoor “scavenger hunt.” This “game” proved educational on several levels. First, I discovered that we have over twenty Bibles…

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Planning: My Love/Hate Relationship

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When I found out that this month’s theme for HelloMornings was PLANNING, I had to chuckle–just a little. You see, I have this love/hate relationship with planning. I get excited at the first of every school year, and the beginning of every new January. I wander the aisles of the office supply stores, or page through the homeschool catalogs, looking lovingly at all the shiny new planners promising to help me organize my life. After purchasing whatever system seems the best, I spend about 2 weeks using it. Then it sits, on the shelf, unused, and gathering dust. And I…

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HelloPlanning: Scripture Alarms

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by Patti Brown While we’ve been focused on planning this month, it’s important to remember that all the planning in the world is of no use unless you actually implement it! Following through with my plans has been a major issue for me. You see, while I am by nature a detail-oriented person, and can juggle a large amount of minutiae and responsibilities, I am absolutely terrible at keeping track of time. And not getting things done when they need to be done makes my detail management abilities pretty much useless. Because I have so much trouble being aware of…

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Planning Meals with Evernote

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by Sarah My Saturday HelloMornings include a little extra planning time because that’s when I take ten minutes or so to plan meals for the upcoming week and make a grocery list. I’m not entirely comfortable in the kitchen, so I don’t love planning meals and making grocery lists. Do I appreciate a good meal? Absolutely. But if it’s up to me to make it? Give me a bowl of Cheerios and I’ll gladly call it dinner. But, alas, I live with three people who look to me to feed them. Day in and day out. Because I’m not a…

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Let’s Do This: Day 1 of a More Disciplined Life

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By Jenni Keller We have been overwhelmed by the response to our new challenge/book club with the e-book,  21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, and we’re so excited to get started. Congrats to the winners of the book on the blog and through our Twitter party. If you haven’t purchased your copy of the book, it’s not too late. Based on your amazing response, it’s clear there are many of us who need this kick in the pants. And I’m first in line. Overview of the challenge TODAY read and complete Day 1 of 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life. Friday,…

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Need a Kick in the Pants? {HelloPlanning}

By | 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, Book Clubs, Community, Plan Time | 189 Comments

by Aubrey Barela Have you heard that it takes 21 days to effectively adapt a new habit or routine? Whether this is true or not I’m not really sure but it sounds like a great idea and a timeline always motivates me. I have lots of ideas, projects, disciplines I would like to take on and achieve. They all are just swimming around in my head or piling up on my desk or overflowing from my closet! It’s not that I don’t know what I want to work on. It’s where do I start? And how do I keep motivated…

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