As the year wraps up, I keep thinking about all the things I want to do in 2018 and have many joyful, big happy feelings about them. Z and I are ringing in the new year in NOLA and then coming back to some pretty big plans for the first of the year, including a vacation to Ecuador!
Because I’m such a busy bumblebee, I get asked quite frequently if I ever sleep, and how I get so much done in one day. First and foremost, I sleep like a BOSS, preferably no later than 9:30. Sleep is #1. Always. And I do get a lot of stuff done in one day because I have a ton of tools that reinforce good habits and also set me up to be productive. Below are some of my favorite, but I also wrote about “Systems + Simplification” a few months ago that resonates with this post as well.
I got my new beauty for my birthday (thanks, mom!). I try to write two to three things I’ll get done in one day no matter what, and then block out times to focus on projects, client work, and deep mental work that requires no technology. If you’re still trying to decide what to get, I have nothing but high praises for this company. Here’s mine!
I’ll probably be on the Evernote train for life, considering how many notebooks + notes live in there. I keep my grocery list, pre-written responses to copy/paste from, wish lists, scripts, you name it. I’m starting to use more pen/paper as of late, but sure do love having a grocery list I can add to no matter where I’m at, as long as my phone is near.
This iPhone app is shedding some light on my phone behavior. It tracks how long you use your phone in a day and then what apps you also use the most. I’m on Instagram way more than I thought, but my overall phone usage is around 1-1.5 hours a day. I set it up to shun me when I hit 45 minutes, but so far I have just ignored it. What I love exploring is where my time is going and then changing my behavior as needed.
I’ve been using this little app on my laptop when I’m trying to knock out a project or task that I find a) challenging or b) very annoying. It gives you 25 minutes to complete something and then you get a 5-minute break. And then rinse and repeat as needed. I find that when I limit my time to do a specific task for 25 minutes (or another allotted time) I’m way, way, waaaay more productive. If you’re itching to get some things done, just set this timer (or use your phone) for 25 minutes and get going!
Really… truly. This is the best thing I do to save time and ensure I’m fueling my body with the best foods. There are definitely weeks where I’m much better than others, but knowing what I’m going to eat a day ahead of time frees up so much mental space. I don’t spend time wondering what I should get, from where, driving around town figuring out what I’m craving, etc.
What are some tools you’re loving as of late?