Productivity

  • The Best 5 Books for Female Entrepreneurs – Must Read!

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    Over the last few years, I’ve read dozens of books and some of them have been total life and game changers for my business.

    I’ve come up with my top five best books for female entrepreneurs. I’m convinced that they will help you take your business to the next level and crush your goals (as they did for me ;)).

    Maybe you started your business recently or you’ve been at it for a while and are thinking of quitting? Wait!
    Get ready to be inspired and overcome your limiting beliefs. These books can teach you a thing or two about business, mindset, strategy, and success!

    Keep on reading to learn from the best and most successful women in the business world.

    You are a Badass at Making Money – Jen Sincero

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    This one had to come first since it’s my favorite book ever! The funny thing is that I would have never ever bought this book for myself (phew money issues, me?) but fortunately my business coach sent me this book…and my life hasn’t been the same since.

    I rarely related to a book this much. It’s like Jen Sincero is in your head, working hard to get you all the wealth you ever dreamed of.

    Wealth is already available to each of us. All you have to do is change your mindset and tap into that wealth. This book teaches you how.

    If you’ve been struggling to make money or to scale your business get “You are a badass at making money” right here.

    Everything is Figureoutable – Marie Forleo

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    “Everything is figureoutable.” So much more than a fun quote to pin to your Pinterest board. It’s a way of life.

    I love her honesty, passion, and unapologetic optimism.

    Get ready to build the attitude and mindset necessary to create your dream business.

    Marie Forleo breaks down what exactly makes up the “figureoutable” in life. All you have to do is follow the advice in this book so that you can figure things out as you go along in life.

    Ready to become the creative force of your own life? Get “Everything is figureoutable” here.

    Mind Your Business: A Workbook to Grow Your Creative Passion Into a Full-time Gig – Ilana Griffo

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    I hadn’t heard of this book before but my friend recommended it and I love the workbook style.

    It’s filled with tons of lists, prompts, and planning pages so you can brainstorm and self reflect:

    • Pros and cons of being your own boss
    • Why do I want to start a business
    • business expenses
    • brand board…

    And so much more.

    If you’re planning, dreaming about, or wanting to scale your creative passion this book is for you.

    It covers everything from identifying your ideal client to legal guidelines to productivity.

    Get “Mind your Business” here.

    The Universe Has Your Back Gabrielle Bernstein

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    As you might suspect from the title this book is a little woo-woo…but in the best of ways!

    Gabrielle’s stories and lessons provide a framework for achieving happiness, security, and clarity.

    Reading this book felt like a warm blanket with a mug of hot tea. It has helped me overcome a lot of my self-confidence and insecurity issues.

    If you want to learn how to shift your awareness from fear to love, purpose, and freedom this book is for you.

    Get “The Universe has your back” here.

    She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur – Carrie Green

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    The perfect guide for all the dreamers and doers out there! There has never been a better time to start your own online business. This book teaches the foundations you need with actionable, easy to read chapters.

    Carrie shares all the challenges she faced when she started her own business years ago (and how she overcame them).

    After reading this book you will believe that you, too can have a successful business no matter what.

    You will finally be able to understand the fears and doubts that can get in the way when starting your business. You will also learn how to get clear on your business vision (a big block for me in the beginning) and so much more!

    BONUS:

    If you want more, check out Carrie’s course “Start and Grow your Membership Site.” I signed up and can’t wait to dig in because I know her content and knowledge is absolute gold!

    Have you read any of these books for female entrepreneurs? Which book is next on your list?

    Leave any recommendations on what other books I should have on my reading list below.

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  • 30 Days of Self-Care Challenge

    Making time for self-care is hard, I get it. Sometimes days go by when I’m so caught up with work and other things I have to get done that I completely forget about ME. That’s why I decided to create this self-care challenge.

    Hopefully, these 30 days will change your whole attitude towards yourself and self-care. Most of these self-care challenge days are really simple. It’s more about consciously making time for the things that really matter and creating a new habit of self-care in the process.

    If you take self-care seriously you will notice a huge change after these 30 days – promise! You can increase your focus, reduce stress, appreciate yourself – the benefits are endless. Don’t get discouraged if you have to skip a day, just get right back on with it the next day.  The goal is to focus on yourself!

    P.S. I linked helpful articles, tools and resources for you almost every day of the challenge to help you succeed.

    Be positive, be vibrant and take care of yourself. You got this.

    1. Take a Bubble Bath and read a good book

    Kick off your 30-day challenge with a nice hot bubble bath (I recommend these bath bombs for that extra spa feeling). Bathing with a book brings obvious challenges but I love to use this Bathtub Caddy Tray. It can hold your book or tablet, snacks, and a glass while you’re in the bathtub.

    Alternatively, you can also listen to an audiobook of your choice. 

    2. Start a bullet journal

    This will be a game changer if you’re trying to be more organized and productive. It’s the perfect place to keep track of all your ideas, appointments, doodles, notes etc. and can also be an amazing creative outlet. 

    Take some time today to sit down and read through Little Coffee Fox’s introduction to Bullet Journaling – How To Start a Bullet Journal To Begin Organizing Your Life

    I got started with Journal Me Organized – Practical and Creative Planning but I find so much inspiration on Pinterest, too.

    Related: 8 Best Productivity Planners and Journals To Get Your Life Together

    3. Discover a new podcast

    A lot of my progress over the last few years was only possible because of podcasts. I’ve been listening to podcasts for about 5 years now and I can’t tell you how many invaluable life lessons I got – for free! 

    Browse your podcast app of choice today and discover a new podcast. If you need some inspiration here are 4 awesome personal growth podcasts that will change your life.

    4. Day of Gratitude

    Did you know there is actually a World Gratitude Day celebrated annually on September 21? Today, try to show appreciation for all things, big and small. Choose to look at things with gratitude and positivity today. 

    Start a gratitude journal. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for for different categories such as your family, your job, your community, your lifestyle – there are so many things to be grateful for.

    I found the Instant Happy Journal – 365 Days of Inspiration, Gratitude, and Joy and the 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy books to be great tools for gratitude and happiness boosts.

    5. Journal for 10 Minutes

    Journaling is a great way to organize your thoughts. I definitely journal a lot less than I used to but getting everything out on paper and seeing my struggles right there in front of me has something therapeutic. 

    My journal also acts as my personal development guide. Looking back at my old journal entries, it blows my mind how much I have grown. 

    Take 10 minutes and write in your journal today. Write about your day, your struggles, your achievements, your problems, questions – anything really. Just get it out on paper and don’t stop before the 10 minutes are over. 

    Related: 8 Best Productivity Planners and Journals To Get Your Life Together

    6. Practice Yoga or Stretching

    If I do yoga regularly my back, shoulder and neck (courtesy of sitting in front of a computer all day) hurt way less. Investing time to do yoga makes all the difference for me and I make it a priority. 

    Make time to practice yoga today and make yourself a priority. My favorite Yoga YouTube channels are Yoga with Adrienne and PsycheTruth. They have fun, manageable classes for all levels. 

    Here are some of my favorite yoga accessories: 

    7. Schedule a massage

    Deciding to sign up for monthly massages has been the best decision of my life. Does anyone even know the meaning of “treating yourself” until they get a massage? 

    I cherish this hour every month. It makes me feel so good knowing that I’m spending my hard earned money on something that is only for me. Get a massage today and feel amazing!

    8. Write a letter to your younger self

    This powerful exercise will help you get to know yourself better. It will challenge you to self reflect on your past experiences. Look back with gratitude on all the moments that have made you into the person you are today. What did you learn? What was unexpected? Write it all down in a letter to your younger self. 

    9. Create a dream board

    Creating your vision and taking actions that are aligned with that vision is powerful. That’s why you need to write it all down. Spend some time thinking about your goals and dreams for the next year. Now find images or words that represent those goals and the actions you need to take to make them a reality.

    Put it all together in a dream board that you can hang up over your desk or in another corner of your room that you see every day. 

    How To Make a Vision Board by Lavendaire:

    10. Explore your passions

    What would your life look like if you were truly living and breathing your passion every day? Have you found your passion yet? If yes, are you actively pursuing them?

    Take some time to reflect on your passions, interests, hobbies, etc. today. My post How to find your true passion and live a life you love has 5 questions you need to ask yourself if you want to know more about your passion and explore your purpose. 

    11. Make a budget

    Having your finances in order can be a huge relief. Create a budget and get your finances in order today! Learn how to get serious about saving, budgeting and investing.

    Some resources you might find helpful:

    12. Watch the sunset

    I LOVE sunsets. It’s so peaceful and beautiful and they look so different every time so you never know what you’re gonna get. Take a few minutes to watch the sunset tonight. Pay attention to how it affects your mood and be inspired. Bonus: You will have a reason to go outside 🙂

    13. Wake up early

    Waking up early allows me to get the most out of my day. One thing that has made getting out of bed early a lot easier is my Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise Simulation. 

    When you wake up early today take note of all the things you got accomplished in the morning. You can also work on establishing a morning routine. Here are 7 of my favorite tips to help you become a morning person and create a morning routine that works.

    14. Work out

    Make exercise fun today! Try a new class at the gym or sign up for something you’ve been meaning to try.  I usually dread any type of exercise. I hate going to the gym, I hate running etc.

    BUT I decided to try out different classes and signed up for kickboxing on a whim because my friend needed a work out partner. Turns out I love kickboxing! If I could I would literally go every day. I’m so glad I decided to try something new that day and hopefully, you’ll be able to find something you love today as well!

    15. Curl up with a soft blanket, a cup of tea and cozy socks

    By far my favorite self-care exercise. Nothing says coziness like blankets, warm socks and a hot drink. Tea, hot chocolate or coffee – whatever makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

    16. Read a personal growth blog

    Personal Development is so important. Make some time today to read a personal growth blog. Challenge your thoughts and try to improve in at least one area of your life.

    A few of my favorite blogs you might want to check out:

    17. Cook a healthy meal

    Today is all about paying attention to what you put into your body. Cook a healthy meal carefully picking out the ingredients.

    Be mindful when you’re eating. Sit down, light a candle, put your phone away and turn off the TV. 

    Pick out a recipe you’ve been meaning to try for a while. Eating Well has the BEST healthy recipes out there. 

    18. Declutter your closet

    I do this at least every three months because I hate clutter so much. I go through every single item and think about the last time I wore it (if I can even remember).

    The Blissful Mind has a great guide to declutter your closet. Spend at least an hour going through EVERY single item in your closet today. 

    19. Do one thing that scares you

    I’m not talking bungee jumping or sky diving but think all the little things that you perceive as scary. Start on that ebook you’ve been meaning to write, prepare and launch that blog you’ve been talking about for so long, apply to that new job, attend that conference or networking event – even if it scares you. 

    20. Learn something new

    Learning new skills has been one of my top priorities for a while. A few years ago I realized that I had stagnated and not learned any new skills in forever. Investing in educational opportunities is the key to growing and developing yourself. 

    Websites such as Skillshare or Udemy make it easy to get started with pretty much anything you want to learn. Pick one of their free classes and learn something new!

    21. Reconnect with an old friend

    Think about that friend that you keep meaning to reach out to but life always gets in the way. Today make time and reconnect with him or her. Get together for coffee or dinner. You’ll be so glad you did. 

    22. Get creative

    Whether it’s scrapbooking, card making, painting or creative writing – get creative today. If you don’t think of yourself as a “naturally” creative person read this article about 11 ways to be more creative.

    23. Make no plans at all

    Enjoy the serenity of doing nothing. No appointments to keep, no schedule, no obligations – today you can do whatever you like (except for making plans)!

    24. Create a bucket list

    Make it a point to actively work on your bucket list today. What are your big plans and goals? If you already have one what can you cross off?

    25. List 3 things you're proud of or grateful for

    This could be accomplishments in your career, exercise or personal growth goals you achieved etc. I love this Gratitude Journal: Good Days Start With Gratitude: A 52 Week Guide To Cultivate An Attitude Of Gratitude

    26. Go for a walk

    Did you know that walking reduces stress and energizes you? Make time to go for a 30 minute walk today. Get up a little early or go on your lunch break but make an effort to get outside and get moving. 

    27. Social Media Detox

    Unplug. I always ask my boyfriend to change my passwords for my no social media days because I that I will probably tell myself that checking Instagram reaaaally quick won’t hurt anyone.

    Turn off your phone, delete your social media apps for a day, ask someone you trust to change your password for a day – just find a way to survive this day without social media somehow.

    28. Start tracking a new habit for a whole month

    Tracking habits can be super powerful. Jumpstart your good habits with this beautifully designed journal and planner that holds 3 months of detailed daily records: The 120-Day Habit Tracker

    29. Get a manicure or pedicure (or both)

    Enough said! Treat yourself.

    30. Brain Dump

    Your last day of the 30-day challenge! Time for a brain dump. If you’re not familiar with the term a brain dump means writing down all your thoughts, worries. questions, feelings etc. so you can see all those things written down in front of you.

    Reflect on and organize your thoughts about the last 30 days and evaluate possible new habits you want to incorporate into your life.

    You did it!

    30 days of self-care and self-improvement. I hope you’re mighty proud of yourself and will continue to grow and take care of yourself.

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  • How To Find Your True Passion And Live A Life You Love

    What would your life look like if you were truly living and breathing your passion every day? I asked myself this exact question this month as part of my 30 Personal Growth Goals For 2019 challenge. How exactly do you find your passion even if you’re not sure you have one?

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    My Struggle To Find My Passion

    When I was 18 I left the country I grew up in, my small town, my family and friends and everything I knew and became an Au Pair in America in an effort to find myself.

    I worked as an Au Pair for two years (the best years of my life but not my passion), went to college in Texas, moved around a few times, got my degree…and then I was absolutely stuck. Where was that passion everyone was talking about??

    I took the first job I could find (a temp job at a university), went on to work in Marketing and was pretty miserable…at work, at life, at figuring out my passion and EVERYTHING ELSE!

    I found another job, better pay, better opportunities, better everything, only to realize that I still didn’t feel fulfilled, passionate or purposeful one bit… I had to face it – apparently, there was a lot more to finding your passion than a new job.

    I realized that I wouldn’t be happy at any job because I had no clue what exactly I was passionate about.  I felt completely lost when it came to my future. What was I going to do? What was my passion? What would finally make me happy?

    I started binge consuming podcasts, YouTube videos and personal growth blogs, registered for all kinds of classes and started some serious self-reflection and self-discovery. And then one day after many trials and errors it just clicked. I was finally on the right track to finding my true passion (more on that later).

    I compiled a list of 5 simple questions that are designed to kick start your journey to find your true passion as well.
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    1. What are your interests and talents?

    This question seems like an obvious one but when was the last time you actually sat down, grabbed a piece of paper and journaled away? No distractions, no time limit, just some alone time and your journal.

    Write down everything that comes to your mind. List all the things that you really enjoy. Let your mind explore and give it time to think. You’ll be surprised what you can come up with. 

    Is there anything you haven’t tried yet but you think you would love? Write it all down. Don’t think too much about it or pause too long. Just make a long list of things you take pleasure in or are really good at.  

    Now look at your list and highlight all the things that really stick out to you. Which one of those things could you do over and over and never get tired of? 

    Again, the point is to think through all possibilities. List EVERYTHING even if this skill or passion won’t make you rich or isn’t popular. Keep in mind that it’s ok to have many passions. You can combine multiple ideas and passions and turn them into your ideal business or lifestyle.  It’s all about creating something that brings you joy. 

    Are you struggling to come up with things or feel that you’re just “not interested in anything?”

    Read about people who inspire you – what are they passionate about, what kind of hobbies do they have? Start spending time with people that you see living out their passion. Ask them questions about their passions and their relationship to it.

    “You Are The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With”

    Bonus: What do your friends think you’re good at? You want to explore all your talents so even something like “My friends say I’m a good listener” or “I give great relationship advice.” Sometimes it’s hard to identify the most obvious passion because it has become second nature to us.

    Having a friend give you unbiased feedback might open up your mind to passions and talents you haven’t thought of or didn’t consider a talent or passion.

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     2. What did you love doing as a child?

    Instead of looking for new hobbies or interests, take a trip down memory lane and remember your childhood passions. What did you want to be when you grew up? What did you do in your free time?

    When I asked myself these questions I was surprised to remember how I would write and read stories for hours. All I wished for every Christmas was more books to read and pretty notebooks to write and draw in. I suddenly remembered always wanting to be a teacher or writer. 

    Some things you may have forgotten over the years but some soul-searching and self-reflection can go a long way and might bring back things you had long forgotten. 

    3. What makes you lose track of time?

    When I’m at my job filling out spreadsheets and typing up emails I keep a close eye on the time watching the hours creep by oh so slowly. BUT when I’m writing, designing or creating other kinds of content time FLIES. I will literally sit on my laptop for hours on end totally surprised when I realize how much time has passed!

    4. What do you really want to try and what’s holding you back?

    Start trying out things from your list from step 1. Register for hobbies, take classes, sign up for workshops, start side hustles, read related books, learn, grow and explore. The most important thing is to get started. To try out new things.

    Are you holding yourself back? Are you experiencing self-doubt or fear of what might be or could happen? Don’t limit yourself – you can do anything you set your mind to. It doesn’t matter what other people think or what other people are doing.

    This is about you and about choosing your own adventure and finding your happiness in the process.

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    5. What have you overcome in the past?

    Think about the struggles that you have overcome in the past and how you’ve overcome them.

    A great example for turning your struggle into your passion is the Passion Planner (perfect name) I talk about in my post 8 Productivity Planners and Journals To Help You Get Your Life Together.

    It was created by Angelia Trinidad who started to slip into depression after graduating from college feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty. She thought about what helped her during the most challenging and stressful times of her life and realized it was her planner. So she decided to create her own.

    For me, I’m truly passionate about helping others create a meaningful, fulfilling life, career, and mindset because I have struggled with creating all that for myself for so long. 

    Did you overcome an eating disorder? Have you come out stronger after being depressed or after being in an abusive relationship? Did you struggle to start your own business?

    What has helped you overcome these struggles? Sharing your advice, resources or journey with others in the same situation can help them overcome these struggles as well.  How can you help otjer people solve problems?

    Final Thoughts

    There is something out there for you and you will find it if you’re willing to try, fail and to try again. Start that Etsy shop, teach that class, write that book – whatever it is just START (over) and don’t quit trying. 

    Finding and pursuing your passion won’t always be easy and even if you have found your passion there will be days where you won’t enjoy it and when you want to quit. Be patient, fight and make sacrifices. Passion is tricky. It doesn’t come easy to most people.

    If your ultimate goal is to make a living out of your passion keep in mind that it will take time. Finding and building your passion won’t happen overnight.

    But don’t presume that your passion should be your job either (like I did). If your job allows you enough time to pursue your passion there is nothing wrong with working full-time and enjoying your passion before or after work. 

    As for my passion, I have found that the one thing I really enjoy more than anything else is to create. To be creative. To express myself through writing, designing, creating. And to use that content to help people achieve a meaningful, fulfilling life, career, and mindset.

    I want to inspire others to become a better version of themselves. I want to learn and grow and constantly develop myself. And use my growth and knowledge to create more content. To discover new things about myself. 

    My passion is a work in progress but I’m so thankful I’m finally on the path to living a life with passion and purpose.

    Have you found your passion? I would love to hear your feedback in the comments.

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  • 8 Productivity Planners & Journals That Will Help You Get Your Life Together

    Let’s get planning! There is nothing quite as satisfactory as planning, am I right? Sometimes I spent hours creating my priority list or filling in my weekly to do’s. Planning just makes me happy 🙂

    I realize that the sheer overwhelm of planners out there can be very frustrating so I put together a list of the 8 BEST productivity planners (plus a bunch of bonuses for you at the end!!).

    The Passion Planner is many things all at once: calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, appointment tracker, gratitude log, inspiration and motivation, weekly and daily focus, to do lists etc.  – all in one notebook! 
    It was created by Angelia Trinidad who started to slip into depression after graduating from college feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty. She thought about what helped her during the most challenging and stressful times of her life and realized it was her planner. So she decided to create her own.
    What I love most about it is the combination of structure, creativity and journaling. It has pages for you to figure out your “passion road map” and to break down your short and long-term goals. Each month you reflect on the previous month – your favorite memories, lessons you’ve learned etc. 
    They’re are also inserts you can add such as workout tracker, time extender, habit tracker and so much more! You can really make this planner your own and customize it to your needs. 
    They even offer printable PDF’s so you can try the planner out for free before you purchase!
    If you’re looking to live more intentionally and want to identify your passions and pursue them I highly recommend this planner!
    Bonus: You get to feel even better about your purchase because as a Get One, Give One company, they give a planner to someone in need for every planner you buy!
    This is a great freebie for bloggers. Ruth from Elite Blog Academy has been a successful blogger for years and really knows what bloggers need to get organized. This planner will help you to get a big picture plan for your blog especially if you’re just starting out. 
    The planner comes as part of her book How to Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) so you can find detailed instructions on how to assemble and use this planner to increase your productivity in chapter 11 of the book. But even if you haven’t purchased the book this planner is super useful either way! 
    Track your blogging goals, plan out your posts, collect ideas, track your blogging expenses etc.
    Oh and did I mention it’s free??
    This planner was created by the same people who published the Five Minute Journal (a great tool if you’re looking to improve your happiness through journaling). One feature that stands out immediately is that this planner comes with an in-depth explanation walking you through the process of how to get the most out of it.
    The Productivity Planner combines productivity principles like the Pomodoro style work system into a simple daily format that will help you tackle unfocused and unaccomplished “busy” days. 
    With 6 months worth of daily productivity planning and Weekly Planning & Review sections you can reflect on and rate your productivity every day. That way you can become more productive every day and see your progress over time.
    Bonus: You can’t go wrong with this planner. If you don’t end up loving it or feel like your productivity is not increasing as it should be you can just exchange it and they will issue you a full refund!
    I’ve been using this planner for a few years now and I absolutely love it. I get the extension and sticker packs (it also comes with 4 sheets of stickers) and found it to be an amazing creative outlet as well as a place to keep track of to dos, appointments and goals. Every month also comes with beautiful inspirational quotes. 
    Due to its size you can also easily add pictures, ticket stubs, post cards etc. to your weekly spread. I love looking back through my old planners from previous years because it’s almost like a scrapbook filled with memories, keepsakes and hand written notes. 
    The Happy Planner really does a great job combining creativity and productivity into one great colorful, inspirational package. 
    Leaders in Heels have a simple yet amazing mission statement: “…to encourage and inspire women to follow their PASSION, to be more CREATIVE and INNOVATIVE in their lives, to feel more CONFIDENT and DETERMINED in their endeavors and to maintain a KIND heart while becoming SUCCESSFUL.” 
     
    If this sounds like the women you want to be, you may have found your next perfect planner!
     
    The Leaders in Heels planners will help you on your way to success (whatever this may look like for you). These planners are designed for busy women on the go and include big picture planning, regular life check-ins, personal growth pages, inspirational messages, quotes from successful leaders, and so much more! Find the confidence to kick-start your dream projects.
     
    Some other key features of this planner include: 
    • Success routine planner to help you establish good habits
    • Structured meeting agenda pages for your yearly networking plan
    • Gratitude sections
    • Blank pages to dream, sketch, design, solve
     
    Bonus: Customize the planner with your initials! You can select up to three characters to be monogrammed on the cover.
    “A life well planned is a life well lived.”
     
    This planner comes in two sizes (5″ x 8″ and 8″x10″) with Woven Wonder design accents. I really like the coordinating satin placeholder ribbon that comes with each Hardbound LifePlanner. You can just flip right to your current page. With dot grid, quotes and coloring pages this planner will increase your productivity and your creativity at the same time. 
     
    It comes with a Goal Setting Spread to help you stay on track and a 2020 Mini Calendar. Whether you opt for specific monthly goals or segment based on type (fitness, budget, etc), you can achieve anything with this planner!”
    I found this gem on Etsy! The planner includes a 16 week agenda with daily undated pages and is absolutely GORGEOUS. Beautiful planners get me so excited 🙂
     
    It focuses on goal setting, habit tracking, productivity, reflection, inspiration and little positive challenges. It’s great to reflect on your progress, take notes, be organized and consistent. You can track new habits, make each day fulfilling and purposeful, and most of all focus on the positive & appreciate the wins and happy moments in your life.
     
    At the end of 16 week period you’ll be able to reflect on your progress.

    Habit Nest Sidekick Journals - All of them!

    Habit Nest offers three different Sidekick Journals – Morning, Meditation and Nutrition Sidekick and I truly couldn’t decide which one to highlight. There is so much value in every one of them so I recommend you get all three (or the one that fits your lifestyle best).
    The Morning Sidekick Journal is a science based morning routine planner that you can fill out in just 3 minutes. It’s very motivating and comes with a lot of instructions and guidance about kick starting your day. 
    The journal is divided into three unique phases. Each phase provides a journal page that is accompanied by daily content such as pro-tips, daily challenges and encouragements to guide you through each phase. 
    The Meditation Sidekick Journal starts out with an introduction to meditation and how it changes your brain and can improve your life. There is an audio version that will help you explore 6 guided meditation styles while reflecting and improving the ways your inner mental talk and mindfulness are impacting your life.
    Just like the morning sidekick journal this one is divided into three unique phases. The daily content will help keep you engaged and inspired throughout the process. The tracking page is designed to help with your goal of meditating daily and expanding your idea of yourself. 
    The Nutrition & Weight Management Sidekick Journal can help you lose weight, understand how to manage your weight, and boost your health and energy. The journal walks you through the process of developing new habits. You will learn how to lose weight and adopt the lifestyle habit of healthy eating. 
     If you’ve been dieting before you know that there are a lot of intense diets out there that are not sustainable in the long run (tried plenty of those) but this book has actual science based information that will assist you in planning your diet. The daily content pages are filled with pro-tips, challenges and success stories so you can get to your ideal weight one day at a time. 
    Bonus: Each Sidekick journal comes with a sneak peek of the first pages so you can skim through before you buy. And they have a 50 years (!!) full refund, any condition return policy which I think is pretty awesome. Another cool feature is their discounted partner packs. You can save 10-25% off if you decide to challenge friends to live a better life. 

    That’s it! The best 8 productivity planners and journal to help you crush your goals and get your life together. Let me know in the comments which one is your favorite! 🙂

    Don’t leave without downloading your free goal setting planner pack!

    Are you looking to increase your productivity and crush your goals? Download my free goal setting planner pack (you can find it in my freebie library) loaded with daily spreads, goal setting sheets, priority trackers, weekly overviews, monthly milestones and more here:

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    • My newest obsession – bullet journaling! I got started with Journal Me Organized – Practical and Creative Planning but I find so much inspiration on Pinterest, too. I can draw and plan in my bullet journal for hours! 
    • I also recently started using a blogging planner. Designer Blogs has an amazing blog planner that comes with 9 FREE pages. They also have an extension pack for all your unlimited planning needs. I now keep track of my daily to do’s (blog stats, social media, post planner, editorial calendar, Pinterest, SEO etc.), and my monthly and long-term blogging goals etc.

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  • 9 Tips For An Insanely Productive Day

    Hey there, fellow procrastinators! If you’re anything like me you can probably identify with feeling completely overwhelmed. There is so much to do and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do ALL.THE. THINGS.

    I get it. I struggled a lot last year with setting meaningful goals and sticking with a productive schedule. I used to get so overwhelmed that I just gave up and turned on the TV so I wouldn’t have to face the struggle.  Being focused and productive is hard. Especially, if you have a million things going on at the same time and just can’t figure out where to start.

    It’s not too late to change your ways though! Starting today (after implementing my tips) you will be a procrastinator no more!
     

    Time Blocking and Scheduling Results

    One of my goals for my 30 Before 30 Personal Growth Challenge was to get more done. I wanted to give time blocking a shot. I also read about scheduling results and outcomes instead of to-dos. Successful six figure blogger Natalie Bacon (yeah, I know, I talk about her a lot) schedules results instead of to-dos and her success speaks for itself.  

    “Don’t schedule ‘work on blog‘ from 12pm-3pm. Instead, schedule ‘write 1 blog post’ from 12pm-3pm. You’ll force yourself to actually produce more if you schedule this way because you’ll be accountable to what’s getting done and not what you’re working on.” 

    Designate blocks of time to a specific task. This method is perfect if you have a pretty consistent schedule every week (for example, if you work full time). Here is a picture of my Google Calendar so you can see what I’m talking about. I schedule out my whole day and color code every activity to get a better overview.  

    These time blocks stay the same every week. I take some time on Sunday (see Weekly Planning – Schedule Results) to break down all the blocks and schedule results and outcomes. For example, in my Monday morning Blog time block I would put “Schedule 100 pins on Pinterest for the week.”  

    Productivity Tools

    You can’t do it all on your own. Sometimes you need a helping hand. That’s where amazing tools such as Trello and Hootsuite come in.  I love this Daily Habits + Goal Tracker Trello Board from Britt Joiner. Read more about how it works and how she uses it to create more effective habits and goals here. 

    I created my own Trello Board modeled after hers and it’s a great free tool to keep track of all my goals this year.  

    Hootsuite is great for batching your work. You can schedule out your social media posts for a whole week in advance (or even a whole month) all at once. You can also create different channels to monitor your mentions, different hashtags etc.  

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    Focus Tools

    There are also some great tools  and apps that help you focus.  Here are my 4 favorites:

    • Brain.fm – soundtracks that boost your focus and brain activity
    • LeechBlock –  extension for web browsers designed to block time-wasting sites (hint hint – social media!)
    • Mindful Browsing – sends you reminders of how you should rather spend your time. 
    • One Big Thing– Focus on your biggest task every day


    Set your Top 3 Priorities

    Part of my daily morning routine is choosing my top 3 priorities for the day and it makes all the difference. It gives my day focus and clarity. I also set “other” goals but I make it a point not to work on them until I finish my Top 3 priorities for the day.   

    Example:

    Top 3 Priorities:

    1. Write one blog post 
    2. Update homepage with new graphics and widgets
    3. Finish Meal planning for next week

    Other (I’ll work on these AFTER I finish my top 3 priorities): 

    • Update Pinterest boards with new keywords
    • Create a new freebie from my freebie idea sheet
    • Start outline for Brand Guide post
    • Review my blogging and personal goals for 2019  


    Organize your home and workspace in 5 minutes   

    We are most productive without clutter. It may sound silly but the easiest way to start out your day right is with making your bed.

    Did you know there is a whole book about this subject? “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World”  

    Next, you can set a 5-minute timer and just start straightening up a few things around the house (most importantly your workspace). You’ll be surprised how much you can get organized and decluttered in just 5 minutes!  


    Use the Scrum Method

    I learned about this method listening to the podcast Blog It Boss It Radio by A Branch Of Holly and it changed my life. It will give you incredible focus and is a good visual tool that will show you exactly how much you’ve achieved that day.

    How it works:  

    Holly uses the goal “Setting up my website” as an example in her podcast. First, you map out all the mini goals that need to be completed for this bigger goal – register your domain, pick a theme etc. 

    Now grab a whiteboard (or a blank piece of paper) and draw three columns.  The first column will be your “Backlog” column. Write down all the different tasks you just mapped out (one per sticky note) and stick them into that column.  

    The middle column is “Doing” and the third column is “Done.” Grab the first sticky, put it in the “Doing” column and get to work. Once you completed this task, grab the sticky note and move it to the done column. Rinse and repeat with all the mini tasks until you finished your big goal.  This method makes sure you only work on one thing at a time and don’t get overwhelmed.

    Pro Tip: You can also do this with Trello  

    You can listen to the full episode here: Episode 3: 4-step time management system to help you save 10 hours a week. Check out her other episodes while you’re there! Holly has so many actionable tips for bloggers and entrepreneurs.

    Plan your day around your most productive times  

    Mornings are a great time to be creative and productive so I schedule all my most focused work (blogging) in the morning. For others, it might be midday or evenings. Whichever time of the day works best for you – don’t let that energy and focus go to waste! For your less productive times, focus on other tasks that require less brain power (such as meal prepping).
      

    Learn new things while being productive (my favorite)  

    Are you struggling to find time to take that course you’ve been wanting to take? Or to read that book you’ve had on your list for months? Just grab your headphones and listen and learn at the same time! 

    Whether it’s podcasts (check out my Top 4 Personal Development Podcasts that will change your life here) or audiobooks (Audible will give you two free audiobooks) or courses (platforms like Skillshare have online apps, just play the videos and listen away) – there is something for everyone.  

    I’ve been listening to podcasts and audiobooks for about 5 years now and I can’t tell you how many invaluable life lessons I got. And all while doing other things like driving, working out, walking my dog etc.! It makes me feel so motivated listening to others sharing their advice, perspective and stories.  


    Use the Pomodoro Technique  

    This is a pattern of 25 minutes of productivity with a 5-minute break. Set your timer for 25 minutes and during that time you have to WORK! No breaks, no distractions, just pure focus! Being disciplined and focused is much easier if you know that you only have to keep it up for 25 minutes at a time.  

    Final Thoughts

    Finally, don’t waste all your precious time trying to be perfect. I just downloaded a new quote wallpaper from my friends over at Bluchic and the message is so important: Done well is better than perfect.

    My favorite blogger Sam Laura Brown has a whole podcast series dedicated to this topic – The Perfectionist Project. Check it out to learn more about tackling perfectionism.  

    What have you done to increase your productivity? What are your biggest struggles that keep you from staying focused and productive? 

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