3 Productivity Hacks That Help You Get More Done

3 Productivity Hacks That Help You Get More Done

Doing more with less. This is what productivity is all about, and yet it often seems so elusive. Something always seems to be going wrong to mess with it. Well, here are 3 things you are in control of, and you can definitely accomplish to help you get more done in less time.   1. Start Your Morning Off With Exercise   This is huge. And it has to be in the morning, even if it's just 10 minutes of push-ups and jumping jacks. Go to the gym, workout at home, whatever works for you. Why it works: Morning exercise helps you to wake up, be alert, and give you energy for the rest of the day. It also gives you an endorphin rush which enhances your attitude and just overall makes you feel good, and have a positive attitude. And when you feel good and have a positive attitude, things just don't seem as overwhelming any more. Obstacles don't seem as imposing, and you have more motivation and inspiration to stay on task and productive.   2. Do Your Most Difficult Task First   I've heard advice given that you should start with an easy task first to help you gain momentum and confidence...and maybe this does help some people... But if you would like to be more productive, and you haven't tried this yet, try it. Leave email and social media for later, and do the one thing on your to-do list you are dreading. Brian Tracy in his book, "Eat That Frog" calls doing your most difficult task first, well, "eating the frog". In other words, taking...
How an Introvert Gets a Haircut

How an Introvert Gets a Haircut

One of the simple pleasures of life is treating yourself to a relaxing day at the salon…getting a little “me-time” and leaving looking great and feeling stylish with your confidence and self-esteem renewed… that is… Unless you are an INTROVERT!!! For a true introvert, planning and executing a trip to the salon can be a dreaded nightmare, that you put off as long as possible, or avoid altogether! Extroverts won’t get the following list AT ALL, but I am betting that if you are a die-hard introvert, you will totally relate to... “How an Introvert Gets a Haircut”:    1. First, get up the courage to call to make an appointment.      This could take quite a bit of time and energy in itself, as one thing introverts hate even more than going to the salon is making a phone call. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Be sure to read How an Introvert Makes a Phone Call.   2. Chicken out a day later and call to cancel said appointment.  (If you can cancel through email or their website, all the better!)   3. Kick yourself mercilessly for canceling your hair appointment.   Now you are going to be stuck with this mess of a thing called ‘hair’.   4. Get up the courage all over again to make another appointment. Again, this will take quite a bit of time and energy (see point #1.) In fact, this second call may be even more anxiety inducing, as you will worry that perhaps you will end up talking to the same person you talked to before, and that person will remember you, and will then...
Easy Five-Minute Layered Haircut

Easy Five-Minute Layered Haircut

The Dreaded Salon I don't know about you, but I DREAD going to the salon. It's always been one long, awkward, and painful experience for me. I know, I know, treating yourself to a relaxing day at the salon is supposed to be a great experience, and maybe it is for you, but for me, an introvert, it's pretty much a nightmare. There has to be a better way! Well, I discovered that there was! A Layered Haircut From Home I found that I could cut my own hair, quick, easy, for free, and have it look incredible! I am so excited to share with you an ultra-simple, super-quick way to cut your hair in beautiful layers! You can easily cut your daughter's, or even your own hair in only 5 minutes!  You may never go to the salon again! This is what my daughter's hair looked like before the haircut... And after!   If you want to learn how to do this easy 5-minute layered haircut on yourself or your daughters, click the image below to download your FREE guide!  ...
How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

How to Make Easy, Homemade Brown Sugar Scrub

Have you ever tried  brown sugar scrub on your skin? If not, you absolutely must! It is an excellent exfoliator and a luxurious moisturizer...not to mention, it smells simply delicious! And if you make it yourself with a few simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, it is frugal as well!     Vanilla Brown Sugar Scrub 2 cups brown sugar 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup honey 1 tsp. vanilla 2 Vitamin E capsules   Simply mix all ingredients together, and put into the lovely container of your choice!     For those who love the scent of fall, here is a nice variation:   Pumpkin Pie Brown Sugar Scrub 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 1/8 cup honey 1 Vitamin E capsule 3 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice Pumpkin Pie Spice 1 TBS cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. ginger 1/2 tsp ground cloves 1/4 tsp nutmeg Brown Sugar Scrub in a cute container with a bow or tied with twine would make a lovely Christmas gift as well! Give it a try and let me know how you like it! Linked up at: The Modest...
How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Face and Body Wash

How to Make Easy, Homemade, Natural Face and Body Wash

I love, love, love, my new homemade face and body wash! I've been using this for several months now, and love it! It is gentle, effective, and all-natural, with no harmful parabens. It is also oh-so-easy to make!    The best part?....It only uses two ingredients, Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap and essential oil (unless you count water, which would make it a whopping three!)  First, use up a bottle of store-bought foaming hand soap.  Next, pour Dr. Bronner's Pure Castille Soap into the empty bottle, filling it about one-fifth to one-fourth full. I use Dr. Bronner's Unscented Mild Baby Soap. It is wonderful for baby wash, as well as for family members with sensitive skin. You can buy this at Amazon, Target, or Trader Joe's.      Then fill up the rest of the bottle with water, leaving room for the large foaming pump. Finally, pour in several drops of your favorite essential oil. My favorite is orange. Shake it all up, and you are done! This one simple recipe can be used for natural hand soap, baby bath, face wash, and body wash! Try it and let me know how you like it!    Linked up at: The Modest...
Why I love doing Laundry, and How You can Too

Why I love doing Laundry, and How You can Too

You may be looking at this title and thinking, “WHAT?! Is she for real?!” For most of us, laundry is a pain. A time-wasting task that menial and tedious as they come. And yet, we have to wear clothes so we have to do laundry. But yes, I assure you that I am quite serious about the title of this post. I love doing laundry, and this can be you as well! Schedule it First of all, I recommend that you make this inevitable task a part of your automatic daily or weekly schedule. You want to be intentional. You may even want to consider setting one day aside for laundry.  It should be something you don’t even have to think about doing, or ever wonder if you should do it or not that day. You just do. What works for me is throwing a load in first thing every morning. Do what works for you. You will be absolutely amazed at the amount of stress that is relieved when you routinize daily tasks so that procrastination or deliberation is not an option. Definitely read “Stop Wasting Time On Trivial Decisions” to learn more about this simple trick! Pray Now, this other tip is what I really wanted to talk about, and will  transform your laundry drudgery into something truly sacred... As you fold each family member’s article of clothing, PRAY FOR THAT PERSON. Thank God for that person. Intercede for that person. Pray a blessing over that person. What better way to redeem that time than in prayer? And what better way to be reminded whom to pray for than...