Do you like me – I mean really “Like” me?

If you’re anything like me, you may follow different people or companies through a variety of avenues-  twitter,  RSSfeed, direct email or facebook. In case your main way of connecting with Life Simplified is something other than facebook, I wanted to share a few links with you that I had recently posted ‘over there’ as I’d hate for you to miss any great shortcuts, suggestions or solutions.

Tested Time Savers

I don’t think anyone will argue that our time is getting more valuable and I’ll admit to saying NO a lot more this year if something doesn’t align with my priorities. (Thanks 168 Hours!) Needless to say I’m always trying to find more time in my day and these 2 FREE services have helped me tremendously.

1) Running errands – a necessary evil for me and a lot of times my kids. is the best route planner I’ve found! You enter up to 10 stops (or less) and it will route out the most efficient way to go. You can pay to add more stops but c’mon you don’t need to do more than 10 errands in one day! This has been a saving grace for a geographically challenged person such as myself who seems to backtrack a lot.

2) HATE to be put on HOLD? users can hang up, and are then called back when a customer service representative finally picks up. On the free service’s Web site,  users type in a customer service number (or click on one of many stored on the site), and when a human being finally answers the site will ring you at your given number. After multiple occasions of screaming into my phone ( see AGENT!!! post ), this allows me to quite possibly change the world while “lucy” waits on hold.

Expert Organization & Time Management Tips

If you are continually challenged by organization, prioritizing and managing all the “stuff” in your life, jump into a LIVE conversation with author Laura Vanderkam next Tuesday, October 12th 1:00PM EDT. The talk can be accessed through The Motherhood, a site that is dedicated to helping each other make life a little better every day.

168 Hours has some great big fans in Natalie Morales of the Today Show and Gretchen Carlson of FOX NEWS to name a few. One reviewer said it best, “While 168 Hours certainly gets up in your business for wasting time, it’s not some dull or preachy book about time-management: It’s a compellingly written, logical argument against the emotional complaint “I’m too busy,” presented alongside practical advice and an engaging collection of time-use tricks”. Christine Whelan, Huffington Post.

The Motherhood is also a great place to connect with others that may have additional shared interets such as Green Families, Living on a Budget & Shortcuts to Dinner.  I’ll be joining Laura as one of the “talk experts” so join us for some great shortcuts, suggestions and solutions for getting your life simplified.

168 Hours Challenge

clockIf you’ve ever muttered the phrase, “I wish I had time to do that” or find yourself at the end of a weekend wondering where your time went, join author Laura Vanderkam, me and many others as we take the 168 Hours Challenge. Based on the book, 168 HOURS: You Have More Time Than You Think, it’s a week long challenge to take a close look at one week of our lives (168 hours!) and learn where the time really goes!

You can join the event on facebook, share your feedback directly on the 168 Hours site, blog on your own site or even email Laura directly at It starts Monday, September 13th but feel free to jump in anytime during the week as a little challenge is better than none at all.

All you need to do is download a time sheet from her website,, and start recording your time.  Laura will be giving away a book a day Read the rest of this entry