Now that the first week of 2017 is over and we have all made our intentions for what we’d like to manifest in 2017, it’s time to hit the ground running and start kicking ass! The hype of a New Year is exciting about all of the possibilities, but now is the time to make your super-stellar ambitions happen. I have accumulated a library of tools that I use on a regular basis to increase my productivity and efficiency. Here are seven productivity tools for 2017!
If you’ve been here for a while, you’d know that I have a thing for paper planners. For the last few years I have been trying out a planner from a different provider. Last year I used a Filofax planner and actually did a live stream with my friend Xandra comparing both of our planners! She uses Passion Planner and I actually fell in love with them while doing the live stream so that is my choice for this year. So far I am incredibly in love with my Passion Planner in which it’s devoted to help you attack your goals with proper planning while leaving room for you to customize it to your liking! You can get your own Passion Planner here!
I had put off purchasing my own power bank for years! When they first started to become widespread in the consumer world they were not reliable in holding a charge. My friends began to own their own power banks and they seemed to have increased in quality. I am on my phone constantly, and especially when I’m traveling, having a power bank is super-helpful when you are on the go and need something to keep your phone charged. I haven’t gone a day in New York without my phone dying while I’m out and about so this is a big help. Get yours here!
This one is free and my lifesaver when it comes to remaining financially stable. I dedicated late 2016 after returning from a month-long trip to SE Asia to stabilize my finances. Mint is the godsend of budgeting. What makes Mint so lovely is that you can link your cards and accounts so it will track all of your spending and allow you to set your budgets and notify you if you are spending too much within the month. They also perform periodical credit score reports which will make managing your money a lot easier. You can find out more about the Mint App here.
I found Momentum while scrolling through the “Studyblr” community on Tumblr which promotes organization and productivity centered in schooling. Many of the users in this community use the Google Chrome extension, Momentum. Momentum, a free extension is an aesthetically pleasing dashboard that takes place for when you open a new tab on Google Chrome. The free version includes a to-do list, the weather, and a space to proclaim a “main focus” for the day. I find it to be a helpful reminder when I am doing online work and I open up a new tab of what things I have to accomplish on that given day. You can learn more about Momentum here.
Another cost-effective tool that I use are sticky notes! The joy about sticky notes is that they are completely multi-purpose. I have sticky notes all over my desk at the multitude of jobs I work. The content of my sticky notes varies from reminders, phone numbers to call, gratitude lists, and even quotes I find inspirational that I tack up next to things I visit often during my workday as a reminder to be a boss at what I do! Get yourself a stack here!
If you’re looking for some extra motivation to start your day on a tremendous note, I recommend subscribing to Notes From The Universe. TUT is amazing because they are little blips that come straight to your inbox at the early hours of the morning so by the time you sit down at your desk and start working, you are greeted with a sans-cheesy philosophical message that really makes you remember why you are an all star! You can sign up for free at www.tut.com
On the subject of email, have you subscribed to newsletters left and right that are completely clogging your inbox. You know the feeling of coming to work with a list of emails with catchy titles that you know you just simply don’t have the time to read no matter how many times you tell yourself that you’re going to go back and read it. I use the lovely tool Unroll.Me which allows you to log into your email and view all of the newsletters you are subscribed to and easily unsubscribe from the ones you don’t care to see anymore. Clear Inbox. Clear mind.
The new year creates an aura for many that leaves you excited to tackle the goals you have in place for the next 365 ahead. Realistically, many us will fall victim to our old habits if we do not take the time to find new tricks and tools to keep us on top of our A-Game and getting more of what we want to do, done in 2017. I hope you find these tools helpful, and I am always looking for new tools of productivity, so I’d love to hear what you use to maintain that lovely workflow of yours. With that, have a good one readers.