Category: Leverage My Time

How To Create a To-Do List You Will Actually Complete

There is a rush of satisfaction that I feel each time I use my chunky, black Crayola marker to cross something off my daily list. All right, so maybe the marker actually belongs to my kids, but I still love that quick sense of satisfaction. I know I’m not the only one who likes the feeling of accomplishment that comes from crossing things off their list. Maybe you are even the type of person who puts something on your to-do list just so you can cross it off. That used to be me — placing things on my list...

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Controlling the morning chaos: 8 ideas that work

It’s the 30 minutes right before you send your kids out the door and off to elementary school that just might do you in — and the day has only just begun. Groggy little faces greet you at the breakfast table with scowls, reminding you something is never quite right. The shirt they wanted to wear cannot be found and you cut the toast into triangles rather than squares. From then on, it’s the clock versus the kids; and the kids never seem to see the value in moving quickly — or rather correctly. They eat breakfast too slow...

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Time Hacks: 10 ways to find an extra hour each day

What would you do with an extra hour each day? Over 280 women answered that question a few month ago during a MOMentity giveaway on Instagram. Surprisingly, there was an overwhelming consensus on the same seven responses. Sleep was the No. 1 answer these women gave — and the statement was usually followed by exclamation marks. It’s obvious we are living in a sleep-deprived world, struggling to run at full steam without enough fuel. We are mothers around the clock, leaving no time for rest. The next top answer centered around the need for creativity. If given extra time, these...

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4 ways to get more done in less time

One of my favorite quotes about time is penned by the fabulous C.S. Lewis, “The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” More than anything I wish I had 12o minutes an hour. I really do. In fact, recently my 6-year-old son asked me what my superpower would be if I were a superhero. Without hesitation I responded, “freeze time.” Masked in secrecy I’d flick my hand and life would pause, except of course for me. I’d then empty out my email inbox, fold the laundry, mop...

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The real reason you’re not getting things done

I spend all day with two 3-year-olds who gang up on me. My twin boys have figured out there is strength in numbers and it’s clear, even before breakfast, just how outnumbered I am. They pout and whine for things they know they cannot have, trying to manipulate candy for breakfast, cereal for lunch or a reason to get out the markers (they’ve proven time and again they cannot be trusted with markers). And their sneaky little minds create double the possibilities — what one boy doesn’t think of the other does. Yesterday I actually asked, “please don’t use...

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