Time Tips: Well, THAT Was Easier.

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It's been a while since I did one of these posts.  And this one has been sitting in my Drafts for a while.  None of these individual time-saving tips seemed like they warranted their own post by themselves, so I lumped them together because they fell under a single common thread:  stuff I wish I'd done sooner. While no one tip has drastically changed my life (except, perhaps, the last one on the list), here's a little secret:  the real time-savers are the simple things.  The stuff that you … [Read more...]

Time Tips: Smooth Transitions with Big Projects

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I'm a big believer in marking significant moments with a photo... and often, a selfie.  Especially a goofy one. I admit it.  I take lots of selfies.  I suppose for a gal who lives alone and documents her DIY life on the internet, I have a good excuse.  Several, in fact. Charlie has no thumbs, so there's usually no one else to take them. Try as he might when he visits, Dad is still learning how not to turn the iPhone from camera to video (every. time.) The rareness of great … [Read more...]

Time Tips: Six Ways to Renew Your Motivation

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Motivation can be a tricky thing.  When it comes to DIY projects, my motivation to begin them is ceaseless; my motivation to finish them ebbs and flows.  And sometimes, when the work day is extra long and I have school projects due the next day, finding the desire to do anything at all is damn near impossible.  So when it comes to forging ahead, what can you do to get yourself going?  Here are my favorite tips: It's OKAY. Say it with me:  It's OKAY that I'm not feeling very motivated … [Read more...]

Time Tips: Letting Go

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Quick:  You woke up late out of bed.  The dog jumped the fence.  You just know you're going to be late for work.  And if you're late for work, you have to stay late, and then you'll have to rush to the meeting with your grad school group after, and you'll have to cancel dinner with your friend, and that blog post definitely won't be up by morning.  The domino effect means your day is ruined, and it's not even 7:15 AM! Just how and the heck do you prevent one (or two or three) wrong move(s) from … [Read more...]

Time Tips: Why Your Couch Is Evil

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Hey there!  Back with another post about how to manage your time more effectively.  And after both promising that this would be a series and then keeping that promise with another post only a week later.  It's a shiny new me, I tell ya.  If you're finding this post and at all confused as to why a home improvement blog is providing time management & organization tips, read here. Today's tip is my absolute favorite one to give.  I could go on and on about this alone because of the … [Read more...]

You Asked, I Answered: Introducing “Time Tips” Series

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I've only done one real reader survey with this blog.  From it, I realized three main things: I wish I would have done a survey sooner, and more often.  You guys are awesome, and I am so grateful that you take time out of your day to read about what's going on in my little teeny corner of this planet. Apparently, you guys want me to talk more about me.  Which feels very odd, like I'm going to start alienating you all when you realize how awkward and disorganized I am.  But I hope you've … [Read more...]

What to do with unexpected setbacks

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Last Saturday evening, a huge rainstorm swept through Atlanta.  I tell you this because Sunday morning, there was a very large POP sound (like a shotgun, so I assume it was a transformer) and the power had gone out.  Considering that I had been planning on spending my morning using a shop vac in the dining room, I was a little bummed at the unexpected setback.  But, since I also have about 200 unfinished projects around the house on any given day, I wasn't deterred for long. I swept out all … [Read more...]