In today’s post I am introducing a blog series that I am excited to start sharing with you guys each month. It will basically highlight what I have been loving over the past month. I plan to keep the series quite broad for the simple fact that my sources of inspiration come from a variety of things, moments, etc. I hope these little tidbits each month will be something fun, informative, and perhaps even insightful for everyone (myself included).
January for me has really been a month of finding ways to bring some kind of order to my life. As shared here my mission for 2018 was to work towards a goal oriented mindset. Of course it’s only January and there are definitely still plenty of areas to learn and improve (aren’t there always?). However I’m feeling pretty good on how things are heading in that direction thus far.
Thanks to a few helpful tools my brain is starting to function in a more planned and organized format. So I thought I would share those tools with you guys.
HERE ARE 5 PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS I’M LOVING:
One | Calendar
Imagine that lol! I know, I know this one is a no brainer right? But up until recently I struggled with “What” to put on the calendar. I was trying to cram my whole life and all it’s details on a little ol’ calendar. Which needless to say then generated a huge jumbled mess of confusion. And I for one can not function in mess. Period! Plus my hand writing is THE WORST so I couldn’t even read it!
I now understand that a calendar works best (for me anyway) when used primarily as the over all view of plans for the day/week/month/year. And because I work better under visually pleasing and orderly circumstances rather than deciphering through my horrible handwriting I’ve opted to using the calendar on my phone.
After creating multiple color coded calendars for the varies areas in my life (appointments, meal plans, bills, special activities, re-occuring chores, etc) I now have a good feel on what lies ahead. And with my Macbook Pro syncing capabilities with my phone the results have been LIFE CHANGING!
Two | Wunderlist
This app has been wonderful for to-do lists, long term goals, ideas, projects etc. This basically houses the outlined details needed in order to make the plans on my calendar happen. It’s where my brain is dumped into organized folders and categories to guide the tasks along more efficiently. There are several features within the app I have yet to explore, but I’m loving the results so far in helping me stay on track.
Three | Buy Me A Pie
This one isn’t new for me, but it is definitely an app worth mentioning in terms of helpful tools for keeping my shopping lists in order. It basically facilitates lists for all your shopping needs including all those stores my family shops at on a regular basis (target, grocery store, home depot etc.). The sharable feature has been the most helpful for my husband and I. We just simply add items to the lists from our own devices as we think of them. And then the next time one of us is at that store we just simply refer to our shopping list that was built over time. No more calling the other one asking if they need anything while they are there. Brilliant!
Four | UNUM
A friend of mine told me about this app and it has been a tremendous help on planning out my future Instagram posts. As crazy as it may seem planning Instagram posts is an art on so many levels. It can literally take up sooo much of your time if a plan is not in place. Now I prefer my Instagram posts to have some flexibility for the importance of real-time engagement. However this app has provided a helpful place for me to visually plan social media posts in accordance with my upcoming blogs posts. There are many apps out there for social media planning, but so far this one has been working well for me.
Five | Invitd
I have used a few electronic invitation platforms over the years, but lately I have been enjoying the simplicity of this one. The main feature that grabbed me with this app was it’s ability to send my invitations via text messages. Most individuals check their texts quicker than their email. So having an app be able to pull from my contacts and send invites via text has been extremely handy. Plus the recipients are not required to have an account to open and respond to the invitation. So it’s simple, efficient, and convenient.
What tools have been helpful in your productivity?