Anyone that knows me knows that I am terrible at keeping up with stuff, so a usual to-do list just doesn’t work for me. I lose them as fast as I make them.
These 4 tools have made me a productive blogger and changed how I run my blog. I know what I need to do, when I need to do it, and how long I have to do it.
I am a Facebook junkie. I love to read the news, chat with friends, and just scroll my news feed. I waste a LOT of time on there. Not anymore!
Stay focused is a FREE google chrome app that lets me limit the time I spend on Facebook. I have the site opened on my browsers (so I can see notifications) and the app doesn’t count that towards my time. It only counts when I’m actively on Facebook.
The best part is you can block any site, so if Facebook isn’t your thing you can limit your time on other sites too.
I am not good with keeping with a list on paper, Todoist is on my Pc and phone. I use this as my daily to-do list. I sit down every morning and put everything I need to do for the day on a list. I have 3 Must, need and want. I take all of my daily tasks and put them in a category. This helps me from feeling like everything must get done today. As long as my must category and some needs get done I’m ok.
There is a paid version that is 3$ a month, but between Todoist and my google calendar I don’t have a need to pay for it.
I like to see what I am doing. A list of the upcoming post just doesn’t work for me. I use the FREE Editorial Calander to help me plan my future posts. It’s an easy drag and drop calendar that allows me to do all my planning on one screen.
If you’re like me, every morning you wake up and have to go through email. Sometimes it just gets’s to be too much.
I use Gmail which already has tabs but I needed a better system, so I turned to streak.
It’s very customizable. I have tabs for
- Inquiry received/ sent
- Currently working on
- Need to follow up
- Waiting to be paid
When you first add it on it looks strange but after you use it a time or two there’s nothing to it, and it really helps you realise what your have going on, what you need to do, and who you need to contact. Plus you can leave yourself notes.
If you get a lot of emails this is the addon for you. If lets your make a place for each type of email and then lets you decide what you need to see right that moment. Basically, it helps you keep the important email where you can get to them when you need them. It’s hard to explain, but super easy to use. Just go play with it.
Between life and working these are the tools I use to make my life easier. The best part is they’re all FREE, and they all help make me a productive blogger
What tools do you use to make your life easier?