Hey busy babes! It’s October and 2018 is basically over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get your act together before the year is through. Admittedly, I’m currently looking at a to-do list and a planner, both with handwritten notes in front of me. There’s something about just writing things down that helps me process better. However, in this digital age, it’s amazing all the apps and tools at our disposal and right at the tips of our fingers. In one handheld device, I can manage my finances, my to-do list and access any document I need at any given time. It’s amazing!
I have a few systems I’ve come to lean on over the past few years, and I hope you’ll find them helpful as well!
I’ve used Asana in everything from my corporate life, to my personal life. It’s amazing. This free app is a project management tool sent from the gods. It allows you to create groups, teams, projects, you name it. Whether you’re looking to organize your small business or just keep your to-dos on track, Asana can help. Plus, I know we all get an insane amount of gratification from checking a box and having a task disappear.
Bonus: Asana will reward you with unicorns for a job completed. Isn’t that the ultimate pat on the back?
I have Evernote everywhere—on my laptop, on my phone, on my iPad. That way, no matter where I am, if I need to jot something down, it’s there. Whether you need to update a to-do list or scribble down a book suggestion, Evernote is the perfect catch-all. One of my favorite things about Evernote is the internal-sharing capabilities. If you’re looking for a quick way to share notes with your team, this app is great. Most importantly, it will never be as jumbled as the Notes section on your phone because everything is broken down into notebooks and projects, making it easily accessible and organized. I use this app all day, every day.
Mint allows you to manage your finances effectively by integrating all of your financial accounts together. You add in your credit cards, bank accounts, student loans, etc. and it will track your expenses, savings and help you manage your money. Now, the reason I chose this one instead of a more business-guided financial system such as QuickBooks is because Mint is meant specifically for personal finance and helps you keep that section of your life on track. Business finances are a whole different animal, but we won’t tackle that in this post!
Let’s call this what it is: Photoshop for dummies. If you’re (like me!) not fluent in all the fancy Adobe products, meet your new best friend. My favorite part about Canva is the user-friendly interface that allows you to create graphics for any platform you could possibly think of. Plus, it’s completely free so you can spend as much time as you need learning how to debunk this creativity tool.
Have you ever tried to log in to something and said, “What the hell was my password again?” LastPass is one of my favorite apps ever created. It’s essentially a browser extension that remembers all of your passwords in a secure vault. That’s right, no more typing in your password over and over again! You can get the app on your phone and carry those passwords with you as well. And if you ever lose your device? No problem! Instead of resetting a million passwords for all of your accounts, you just reset your master password for LastPass and everything remains secure!
I know Apple just released “Down Time,” but I prefer this app because it’s actually synced with the Pomodoro technique, which I absolutely swear by for productivity.
I use this for every photo I edit, but my favorite thing is the ability to edit videos! My house always pulls really dark or yellow, so this app allows me to brighten them up and tweak the filters before I share. You can learn more about our custom filter pack, Flashes of Delight and how we edit our photos here!
Yes, like Aunt Flo. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, or trying to stay NOT pregnant, this app is super easy and helps keep you up to date on your cycle.
This is actually an integration for your inbox, and it saves my life. I get a minimum of 100 work emails a day, and this app allows me to schedule follow-ups and reminders directly within the email. On the day I schedule, it sends me a reminder to follow up with whoever I need to contact on the same email thread so I’m right up to speed.
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