We are already on our phones so much so we are starting THERE to get our lives organized, on track, and ready to conquer the day (and maybe the rest of our lives while we are at it) so get the most out of that little (expensive) computer! You do not have time to waste and we want to make sure you know the best ways to get the MOST done.
Now without further ado – because there is a lot TO DO:
If you want to start taking control of your increasingly busy life, some basics have to get in place: you need a calendar! We have all been there , saying – “I’ll remember!”, “Let me just gab a sticky note” , “My life is not that busy. I don’t need a calendar” , or my personal favorite, “I’ll just text myself.”
Sure you will. And then it will get lost among the other MILLIONS of texts you have coming in with MORE dates, times, plans, lunches, meetings, goals, reminders, and due dates because you are BUSY. And even if you aren’t that busy at this point in your life, we are mastering this skill now for the life we are HEADED towards which is a wildlysuccessful (busy) boss lady (commence applause).
We suggest Google Calendar because it offers so much more than jotting down a time-blocked moment – it uses images and maps to bring your schedule to life. It will show you where you are going, what time you have available, how you are SPENDING your time routinely (because THAT is precious), and handle middle man tasks like integrating with your email to automatically add flights, reservations, hotels, and more. Because it syncs with all of your platforms and devices, you’ll always have your plan in reach .
A HUGE part of making the most of your hustle (whether that’s your side job or your daily LIFE) is knowing where your money is going and allocating it smartly. This app let’s you track cash spending, safely link your card and bank spending, and even set bill reminders and due dates.
“Mint’s primary service allows users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan balances and transactions through a single user interface, as well as create budgets and set financial goals.”
We suggest starting by making practical budgets in the areas of Home Improvement, Food, Internet, Gas, Shopping, Income, etc. – very practical categories that can keep you on track and SAVING for now AND your future.
3. Reminders (or SOME To-Do style app)
Reminders seems to be one of the number one UNDERrated apps out there, in my opinion. I have many friends ask me how I stay so organized and structured and this app is basically the answer for a lot of it. When people think about this app, they normally think of things like “plan food”, “clean the house”, “read” – very vague and immeasurable goals that maaaay or may noooot get done (meaning, you’ll probably lose motivation before you ever even start them and delete most of the “useful reminders” you set just to clear yourself of the guilt you’ve put on from never actually doing them).
Yes, school was correct (eyeball): goals must be measurable and specific. But not only do the goals you jot down need to be things you ACTUALLY want and intend to accomplish, they need to be in sync with OTHER resources you are using to set yourself up for success! For instance, don’t just use this app for goals – list out your kids’ to-dos, jot down those Target items you keep forgetting (causing you to make WAY more trips than you need to and totally throw your new Mint app gas budget way out of wack before the month even started), begin a list of day-off fun stuff you feel like you NEVER get around to and always forget when time is FINALLY available.
(Look out for a more detailed post on EXACTLY what my Reminders app looks like and how I secretly live life looking like I have a personal assistant just following my every move. Secret: I don’t.)