Wednesday, April 11, 2012

How I manage my time

Hey Everyone,

I'm sure we all know managing our time is important because we've heard that it or realized it through personal experience.

I really liked how Jim Rohm explained that time management is emotional management. First, whether you're working, spending time with your family, or your friends you have to be "present". What does that mean? We can't be thinking about work while we're spending time with our family and we can't be thinking about all our family while we're at work. You have to be present and give that person or think full attention. I think that is the basics of time management then the technique follows.

This is how I manage my time:
The first thing I bought was a planner. I have a planner that helps me organize everything I need to do for the month, weeks, and per day. The planner Chris found online is pretty awesome ( This planner by far has been the most efficient. It's not pretty but it get's the job done.

First I collaborate with Chris to write down all the important dates throughout the year. Then every month we ask each other if there's any big events we should be aware of to block those day's out first. Then, at the beginning of each week (usually Sunday) I write out everything I must finish by the end of the week such as my goals, things to do, things to buy, tasks, people to see and call etc.

Then I plan my day the night before so that I know exactly what I need to do when I wake up. So, under Monday I write everything I want to do that day such as:

MONDAY (example)
email Ben
call Jack

Then, I fill in those tasks in each time slots like below:
7 am: Wake up
7:00 Feed Topher
8 Get ready
9 Topher sleeps
10 Business
11 Call Jack
12 Lunch
1:30 Grocery

This helps me to be much more efficient. I write out a full schedule by blocking out time so I know what time my day should start and end to finish everything I need to do

I love crossing out each tasks and seeing how much I have accomplished each day. Little things are incredibly important so I make sure to even write down doing the laundry, cleaning the house, doing the dishes, etc. If we neglect to do the small tasks in our life it can effect us in all areas of our life because we'll start to create a habit of procrastinating. So, the best solution is just get it done when you need too.

Hope this was helpful in some ways.
Have a great rest of the week!

Disclaimer: This is just how I manage my time so this may not work for everyone.



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

D.I.Y: Valentino Studded clutch

Hey Everyone,

I hope you guys all had a great Easter Sunday or what my pastor likes to call it Ressurection Day. On Sunday as I was driving to church Chris and I was listening to 95.9 The Fish and Riba was talking about how when we think about death we think destruction but when Jesus thinks about death it means rebirth. Jesus can make anything beautiful. That's my thought for this past weekend.

Today I wanted to share a D.I.Y project I came across that I thought was a great idea. I'm not into crafts so I haven't tried it yet but I thought I would share it with you guys in case you guys wanted too. I also got a request to post some D.I.Y's so hope you guys enjoy.


How to: DIY Valentino Inspired Studded Clutch

You will need:1 package of studs
Clutch (ideally with a strap/wristlet)
Pliers or a long metal spoon to flatten the edges of your studs

Starting from the corner, outline your clutch and strap with studs a quarter inch apart - use pliers to fold over prongs.

Please let me know if you guys try this DIY and if so please send me pictures.
Also, please let me know if you would like for me to post more D.I.Y's that I find in the future~

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