Simple Online Productivity Tool: LeechBlock

Since the school year is beginning (or has begun) for so many of us, I thought I would share a handy online productivity tool discovered a while back thanks to Angie over at Real Life at Home. It is called LeechBlock.

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LeechBlock is a Firefox add-on that allows you to block certain sites for a specified amount of time. This can help you stay focused on the the work you should be doing online instead of wasting time on sites that suck up your time and productivity.

For example: If you are anything like me and “mildly” addicted to Twitter and/or Facebook { ๐Ÿ˜› }, it can be so easy to think that you’re just going to “check-in for a minute” and still be there 30 minutes or more later. With LeechBlock, you can block yourself from having access to those sites when you should be working.

Once you’ve installed the plug-in, it’s very easy to create different block sets (tools->LeechBlock->options) of the sites you want to block and to control the days and times you want them blocked.

Personally, I have been using LeechBlock for a few years now and I love it. It is also good for children. Andrew is 10 now and has just received a new-to-him computer (Michael’s old computer) which he will use for school. I plan to use it, in conjuction with parental controls, to hopefully help him stay focused and productive with his school work.

If you are using (or have used) LeechBlock, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you like/dislike about it? Does it or has it helped you stay productive online?

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Weekly Goals

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I think this is the first time ever I accomplished all my goals on the list – sort of. It’s been a good week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my goals from last week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. (I’ve realized that getting to mass every day isn’t possible in this season of life, so I’m changing my goal and aiming to get to Mass 2-3 times each week.)

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. hopefully we will actually get to this week! (We had a lot of fun with this. We built a small wooden car and Andrew painted it.)

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day. (Well, I managed 3-4 glasses of water a day – if you count the herbal tea I drink. I definitely need to be more intentional about this, especially as it gets warmer out.)

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review. (I’m only a few pages in, but it’s good already!)

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule. (I actually got all the devotions written and pre-posted for the rest of the month! Yay me!)

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily meditation, bible reading and rosary. Get to mass at least 2x this week.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read 3-4 stores a day from The Children’s Book of Virtues (Andrew LOVES this book!) and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on the Science Exploration kit with Andrew that he got for his birthday.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

8. Continue reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and In Name Only.

9. Start writing project for e-course. More on this in the near future!

10. Add several links to the “Free Resources” section of website.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

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Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time. (Finishing this and adding the next verse for next week.)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read Flat Stanley, The Boxcar Children #6 and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew. (Worked on a birthday project for his uncle instead)

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

8. Dinner date with Mom and Sister (Wednesday). Had a great time!

Blogging goals

9. Write and post book review for “Past Suspicion.

10. Continue writing and posting 31 Days With Mary Novena.

Here are my goal for this coming week:

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Finish memorizing Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”)

3. Start Memorizing 6:12 (“For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, and with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

4. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

5. Read at least 3 books and two chapters a day from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

6. Work on a painting project with Andrew. Hopefull we will actually get to this this week!

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

8. Drink 6 glasses of water each day.

Blogging goals

9. Start reading Sons of Cain by Val Bianco and post review.

10. Continuing posting the 31 Days With Mary Devotions each morning. Stay two days ahead of blogging schedule.

(I also have some projects in the works. I’m not sure if I’ll get to them this week, so I’m not including them. ๐Ÿ™‚

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

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Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time. (I’m taking my time with this, and learning it with Andrew, but hopefully will have it memorized by the end of this week.)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read at least 3 books and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew. (Haven’t decided which books yet again.)

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Finish and turn in the short analysis paper for my Short Story class. Complete assignment and quiz for Intro to Lit class. (Got a 100 on my quiz and it looks like I’m getting an A for my Intro to Lit class. Yay! Waiting on the grade for my essay for the short story class.)

8. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day. (Technically I drank 4 glasses most days but still calling this a success. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Blogging goals

9. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of May. (Plan set, now it’s time to get those posts written!)

10. Continue reading “Past Suspicion and write book review. (Book finished. Review will be posted Thursday.)

Here are my goals for this coming week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Ephesians 6:10-11 (“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil.”) My goal is to memorize Eph 6:10-17, but I’m doing it one or two verses at a time.

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Read Flat Stanley, The Boxcar Children #6 and two chapters from the Bible to Andrew.

5. Work on a painting project with Andrew.

Personal Development

6. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes, stretch for 10 minutes.

7. Drink at least 5 glasses of water a day.

8. Dinner date with Mom and Sister (Wednesday).

Blogging goals

9. Write and post book review forย  “Past Suspicion“.

10. Continue writing and posting 31 Days With Mary Novena.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Top 7 Writing Resources for Bloggers

Okay, this is one of those “self-indulgent” posts. I’ve been wanting to put together some of the writing resources that I’ve found in one place and decided to take advantage of this week’s 7 Quick Takes to do so. I hope you find these resources as helpful as I have. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Grammar Girl. Good grammar is important. When you write well, then your readers will have an easier time understanding what you are trying to say! Grammar girl offers quick tutorials and tips about every grammar question under the sun.

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Writing from Your Soul. Dawn offers everything from extensive writing programs, to workshops to coaching. I have been a long-time subscriber to her fantastic monthly newsletter and have purchased her complete Writing from Your Soul Intensive Toolkit. It is amazing.

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Mystery Writing is Murder. Doesn’t seem a likely blog that would help bloggers write, but Elizabeth Spann Craig has a great post called “Resources for Bloggers” that offers links to help you come up with blog ideas and how to beat ‘blogging burnout’.

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Hubpages. Looking to do a little freelance blogging? Hubpages has “25 Writing Resources for Online Freelance Writers and Bloggers“.

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Blogging With Amy. Amy’s blog deals with blogging tips and tools rather than writing; but, she does have some posts about writing. For example, she has a great tutorial on “How to Write an Ebook” and a great article on how to find (or re-find) your passion.

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Aliventures. Ali is a writer out of the UK. She writes terrific blog articles that are applicable to all types of writers, including bloggers. She also offers writing coaching and several blogging guides.

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Internet Marketing Ninjas. This is a internet marketing site mostly for bigger companies, butย they have a great post called “Six Kickass Writing Resources for Bloggers“.

These are just a few resources among many. What are your favorite writing resources? Share them in the comments.

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Weekly Goals

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So, the last time I shared my goals was the beginning of Holy Week. Then Easter came and I took the week off from blogging – except for the Divine Mercy Novena and a guest post – and focused on the family. It turned out to be a much busier week than anticipated, and I didn’t get much done either week. Still, for the sake of transparency, here are my goals from two weeks ago:

1. Besides my daily mass, rosary and bible time, spend some extra time in prayer and reflection on the mysteries being celebrated this week. (ongoing)

2. Help Andrew write out and mail his thank you notes.

3. Keep up with college course work.

4. Plan out blog posts for the month of April. (I do have a general idea of the posts I want to write, but need to get them down on schedule…)

This coming week will also have an abbreviated goals list – only two things to be exact:

1. Work on both analytical papers for both my classes (One for the Intro to Lit class, and one for The Short Story).

2. Get those thank-you cards written and in the mail.

Of course, prayer time and homeschooling are a given so that’s why I didn’t include them. Hopefully next week will get back on track. I’m not a big fan of changes in schedule. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

Weekly Goals

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Here are my goals from last week and how I did:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary. (on-going)

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Do last minute shopping and preparations for Andrew’s birthday party next Saturday. The party was a great success! Pictures and update to follow soon.

5. Read “Wake Me in Spring” and take Andrew to library to get more books.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work.

9. Re-knit Kindle Cover and start scarf I’m making for a friend. (I get bored knitting scarves, so it takes me a long time.)

Blogging goals

10. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of April.

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!) I was going to take this off, but decided to keep it up one more week. If I have it in front of me, I may actually get it done!

Since we have just entered into Holy Week, I am paring down my goals for this week:

1. Besides my daily mass, rosary and bible time, spend some extra time in prayer and reflection on the mysteries being celebrated this week.

2. Help Andrew write out and mail his thank you notes.

3. Keep up with college course work.

4. Plan out blog posts for the month of April.

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

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Last week was “one of those weeks” and I barely got anything done, let alone have a chance to write down what they were! I’ll start with sharing my goals from two weeks ago even though I didn’t get much of any of them accomplished:

1. Daily mass and meditation, rosary and weekly bible study at the parish on Thursday. (It was rough getting prayer time in this week.)

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Evening devotions/bible reading as a family (I was out quite a few evenings, so it just wasn’t possible.)

5. Read “The Boy Who ran Away” and “Tornadoes!” to Andrew. Have Andrew read one short story to me.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 20 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work. (It was spring break the week before last, so I was able to get ahead a little bit.)

9. Re-work pattern for Kindle cover. (Now I need to get the cover re-done, but I have other projects waiting to be started.)

Blogging goals

10. Write and post book review for Attack on Planet Falrus and continue staying on top of my course work. (Planning to get this scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday.)

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!)

Here are my goals for this week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, and rosary.

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Do last minute shopping and preparations for Andrew’s birthday party next Saturday.

5. Read “Wake Me in Spring” and take Andrew to library to get more books.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmill for 30 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work.

9. Re-knit Kindle Cover and start scarf I’m making for a friend. (I get bored knitting scarves, so it takes me a long time.)

Blogging goals

10. Plan posts and writing schedule for the month of April.

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!) I was going to take this off, but decided to keep it up one more week. If I have it in front of me, I may actually get it done!

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

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Weekly Goals

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Here are my goals from last week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, rosary and weekly bible study at the parish on Thursday. In the parish bible study we a doing a scriptural walk-through of the bible using they book by Dr. Edward Sri. It is awesome!

2. Memorize Matthew 4:4 (“One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Evening devotions/bible reading as a family.

5. Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society to Andrew. It was 485 pages, but we did it! It was a good book but a little over Andrew’s head at times. I also read to him the Magic Tree House Series #8 “Midnight on the Moon.” Have Andrew read one short story to me.

6. Character building with Andrew. (This month’s theme is forgiveness.)

Personal Development

7. Continue to exercise on treadmill or Elliptical for 15 minutes.

8. Write and post book review for Attack on Planet Falrus and continue staying on top of my course work.

10. Re-work pattern for Kindle cover.

Blogging goals

11. Compose and post final installment on the blog series on marriage. (It was on submission in a Catholic marriage.)

12. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!)

Here are my goals for this week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, rosary and weekly bible study at the parish on Thursday.

2. Memorize Psalm 62:2-3 (“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my secure height; I shall never fall.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Evening devotions/bible reading as a family

5. Read “The Boy Who ran Away” and “Tornadoes!” to Andrew. Have Andrew read one short story to me.

Personal Development

7. Exercise on treadmillย  for 20 minutes.

8. Stay on top of my course work.

9. Re-work pattern for Kindle cover.

Blogging goals

10. Write and post book review for Attack on Planet Falrus and continue staying on top of my course work. (Planning to get this scheduled for Wednesday or Thursday.)

11. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!)

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

[Contains affiliate link(s). If you click on a link and buy the product, I get a tiny kickback from the sale. And my husband will love you for it! See my disclosure policy for more information.]

Weekly Goals

My schedule was somewhat thrown off last week thanks to my site being down unexpectedly, but I still managed to get a lot done. These are the goals from two weeks ago:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily prayers: Mass, rosary, quiet prayer and bible reading/study.

2. Finish memorizing John 6:33 (I almost got it down pat. ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Spousal Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Try to anticipate Michael’s need and surprise him by doing them.

Mothering goals

5. Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society to Andrew. It is taking us a while to get through this. Have Andrew read one short story to me.

6. Continue working with Andrew on character building: Obedience. (Doing this with stories, role-play and lots of practice! More on this to follow in another post.)

Personal Development

7. Start knitting the Kindle touch cover. (I’m adapting this iPad cover that I found, using only one color and adjusting the measurements) Adapting the above pattern didn’t work, so I had to create my own pattern. It came out okay, but I mis-measured so it’s bigger than it should be. More on this in a future post.

8. Continue to exercise on treadmill or Elliptical for 15 minutes.

9. Read Attack on Planet Falrus (for book review) and the readings for my classes.

10. Work on and finish essay for Introduction to Literature class. I got a B+ on the essay. Was hoping for an A but the professsor’s comments were spot on and I’m happy over all with the grade.

Blogging goals

11. Compose and post third installment on the blog series on marriage.

12. Write first draft for e-book.

Here are my goals for this week:

Spiritual Goals

1. Daily mass and meditation, rosary and weekly bible study at the parish on Thursday.

2. Memorize Matthew 4:4 (“One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.”)

Family/Mothering Goals

3. Write love note for Michael and hide it in his work bag.

4. Evening devotions/bible reading as a family

5. Continue reading The Mysterious Benedict Society to Andrew. We are almost done! Have Andrew read one short story to me.

6. Character building with Andrew. (This month’s theme is forgiveness.)

Personal Development

7. Continue to exercise on treadmill or Elliptical for 15 minutes.

8. Write and post book review for Attack on Planet Falrusย  and continue staying on top of my course work.

10. Re-work pattern for Kindle cover.

Blogging goals

11. Compose and post final installment on the blog series on marriage.

12. Write first draft for e-book. (I’ll get this done eventually!)

What are your goals for this week? Feel free to share them here or head over to Money Saving Mom for more goal setting ideas.

[Contains affiliate link(s). If you click on a link and buy the product, I get a tiny kickback from the sale. And my husband will love you for it! See my disclosure policy for more information.]