Since becoming a mama to our sweet Remington, my time has become more and more limited. Somehow I keep finding myself more and more productive and have accomplished more with way less time.
Enter Parkinson’s law: work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
So if you give yourself an hour to do something, it will take just that. If you give yourself all day, it will take that and possibly even more, leaving you feeling down on yourself for all you didn’t get done. <— or maybe that’s just me being an Enneagram type 1!
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Here are some of my favorite productivity tools that I use daily to organize my life and work!
Daily Page: My friend Kate, catch her Woman Who Flourish spotlight, mentioned this planner and I started loving it too. It is so easy to organize your day and stay on top of things. I am more of a big picture person which this doesn’t account for. But I found it super helpful and made me feel accomplished at the end of each day!
Classic notepad: Although I am a big fan of Google docs, having a classic pen and paper notepad to think through ideas is key! Some of my best ideas always come to mind when I actually write them down. I also love that feeling of getting to cross something off your list.
Asana: This is the project management system our team uses. I love that you can edit tasks, assign deadlines, create subtasks for big projects and assign each task to a person. It clears up daily tasks from cluttering your email inbox. I also have a few friends who use Airtable and love it!
Cultivate What Matters: I started using this goal setting system last year and noticed the biggest difference! So many goal setting techniques just aren’t practical or fun in my opinion, but this planner really gets to the heart of the matter. You will find your self actually following through with your biggest dreams, goals and tasks.
Get dressed: And my top productivity hack, drumroll please! It’s quite simple—get dressed and ready for the day, this way you will set yourself up for success by already accomplishing a task! Get ideas for cozy + comfy from my Sustainable Capsule Wardrobe.
15 minute power clean up: Clutter is one of the biggest distractions there is—take 15 minutes at the end of every day to clean up your space. I like to spray down my desk and kitchen counters with Branch Basics, do a quick pick up of any jackets, shoes or toys and make sure everything is organized—we love West Elm Storage bins and Petit Pehr baskets for Remington. Organized space = organized mind.
Noise Canceling Headphones: A must have for any work from home mama!
Time Cube: Time blocking is my go-to productivity hack and who new that this little Amazon purchase would come in so handy?! Give yourself boundaries for your tasks so they don’t take all day. Want to scroll Instagram or take a power nap? Set your timer!
Golden Coil Planner: I just got this for the new year and LOVE it! Everyone is so unique in their needs when it comes to a planner and I love that you can customize this to your liking. I added a few ‘brain dump’ pages to mine and that has been so helpful. Plus the design will make any minimalist’s heart sing!
Planoly: This is the best way to load up your Instagram and story feeds and is super simple to type out captions and drag and drop photos. I love that you can schedule posts so that you don’t always have to feel like you are worrying about when you will post and if you have your photos organized!