Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Marie Monroe


The word “multi-tasking” has become a common verb in our world.  It reflects an experience now well known to most of us.  We usually take pride in our ability to multi-task and many times, the word itself carries a decidedly positive tone.


It describes how we are on top of our game, how efficient, how important, how skilled or how clever we are.  It is also a powerful interpersonal boundary. It will stop our colleagues in their tracks when we say, “I am multi-tasking right now.”  Our loved ones, and even strangers, will also pause.


Not exactly a polite way to communicate, but effective and efficient.  Having had this experience themselves, people know how consumed we are at that moment and how intensely we have to concentrate in order to continue our tasks.  They also know that we are at maximum speed and capacity – that we can’t handle more at the moment. Read More »

Posted on 18 December, 2008 in Goals, Productivity, Simplify
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Part 3 of a 3 Part Series

Article by Make the Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley


“If everything is sacred, then nothing is sacred.”

-Peter Walsh


What’s sacred in your life?  What are the material possessions that hold real value for your family?  Is it a family heirloom, an important award, or old love letters from your spouse?  Could you find them immediately, if someone asked to see them?  Do they have a place of honor in your home?  Or are they buried beneath everything else that you can’t get rid of?


My husband and I found ourselves in this situation at the beginning of our marriage.  We spent the first two years of our marriage shopping instead of connecting with each other and material things took the place of passion.  We lived paycheck to paycheck and couldn’t understand why.  This left us feeling frustrated, broke, and surrounded by things that we didn’t even like.  We came to the conclusion that we couldn’t live this way any longer. Read More »

Posted on 29 November, 2008 in Balance, Motivation, Productivity, Simplify
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Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Judy Mosley


It was obvious that I was in trouble when I pulled out the vacuum cleaner and my firstborn, who was 2 ½ at the time, asked me what I was holding.  I knew that I had vacuumed in front of my children, but apparently, not enough!


Since then I have discovered a few applications that I’ve infused into my daily living.  Most of them are fairly simple suggestions that keep me focused when I would rather be watching television or reading.  I hope these support you, as well, on your path to a more peaceful home.


And, relax.  If you are about to sift through years of amounted clutter, keep in mind that true order rarely happens overnight.  Start small with manageable tasks and celebrate each success.  We don’t need aim for perfectionism but for reality.  Home is a place that should support the life we want to lead. Not to consume our every waking moment. Read More »

Posted on 24 November, 2008 in Balance, Finance & Family, Productivity, Simplify
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Article by Make The Days Count Contributor Jennifer Snelling


Have you ever had the overwhelming feeling that not only is there not enough hours of the day, but that you’ll never in your life be able to accomplish all the designs you have in mind? Sometimes it seems there are so many things to do and remember that a task or goal that seems important one day only to fall by the way for days or even years at a time.


For those of us that have many day-to-day responsibilities to fulfill – not to mention accomplishing our short- and long-term goals, it can be hard to stay on track. How can we avoid losing our concentration on our aspirations while still focusing on the matters at hand? How do we keep from feeling completely overwhelmed with it all?


There are three pieces of advice that have stuck in my mind over the years. Read More »

Posted on 14 November, 2008 in Goals, Making the Day Count, Productivity, Simplify
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