How Todoist Can Help You Manage All Your Tasks Quickly and Easily

My love for Todoist knows no bounds. Seriously, I love it. For me, Todoist is the best task manager anyone could ask for. In this post, I’m going to lay it all out there about Todoist because if you are searching for a task manager for Mac or Windows or any device on the go, Todoist might just be it! My Journey To Todoist I read this book called “Getting Things Done” by David Allen and it essentially changed my life. Since reading it nearly two years ago, I haven’t missed a weekly review. If you don’t know what a […]

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How I Set Goals and Map Them Out for Success and You Can Too!

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You should absolutely set goals. If I can say one thing to anyone who is trying to strive for more, it would be to set goals.  If you have big dreams or even small things you want to accomplish, the way to do it is to set goals. Let me throw some statistics out there for you before we begin. First, goal setting has a statistically significant effect on behavior. Setting a goal makes you act. At least we hope it does. If you set actionable steps towards your goal you are 40% more likely to achieve it. If you […]

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How to Use Your Own Planner Layout Ideas to Create a Perfect Spread

If you are reading this post it means you are searching for your own planner peace. There are planner layout ideas in your head that you know will cause you to have the most productive year in the history of ever. Well, I’m here to tell you that there really is no such thing. GASP! No, really. There is an ongoing joke in the planner community about how many planners different people buy each year and how often people switch. Have you read my post about checking your systems? It is normal to change planners and planner layouts (within reason) […]

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Ideas for How to Use the Skinny Classic Planner by the Happy Planner

Skinny Classic Monthly Layout

Oooh boy! I was a little too excited about getting a haul of fun things from The Happy Planner over Memorial Day weekend this year. They had an awesome sale and I got a lot of fun things. One of the things I’ve been back and forth about getting was a Skinny Classic Planner. I loved the idea of it but I had no purpose for it. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted it… because isn’t that how all of us are? Fast forward a couple of weeks to the sale and I found myself searching […]

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How a Time Diary Helped Me See Where I Was Wasting Time

Time Diary Wasting Time Clock

If you read my last post, you will know that I tried keeping a time diary for a week. This has been eye-opening! If you haven’t read the initial post, check it out here. This time I’m back to share what I learned and where I was wasting time! Sitting down to analyze this log was awesome and humbling. There were a lot of things that I learned. I am putting it all out here for you today in hopes that you will try this for a week too.  Let me tell you my main takeaways from my personal time […]

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How to Use a Time Diary to Help Create More Time in Your Life

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Let’s be honest. How many times in the last month have you said the words “I don’t have time for…”? That thought is one of the main reasons I started this blog. The truth is that we do have time and this idea of time management is totally false. Well, it isn’t false so much as it is all a matter of how you look at things. Creating more time for your life is all about choices. I’m absolutely learning more about this with the time diary I started this week. 168 Hours This post is inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s […]

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How To Effectively Do a Brain Dump: An Amazing Productivity Hack

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Do you ever have a moment where you realize that you have so much to do and you have absolutely no idea what any of those things are? Or, my personal favorite… you have all the things to do, but you’re so overwhelmed by all of it that you sit on the couch and binge Netflix instead? An effective brain dump will help you get over that feeling! All of us do this at one time or another. We become forgetful. We feel overwhelmed. Sometimes we just shut down because we feel like we have so much to do and […]

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How to Use a Planner in a World of Stickers, Bullet Journals, and More

Have you ever walked the aisle at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and looked at all those colorful planners and thought, “I want to plan everything… it’s all so pretty?” Maybe you’ve even grabbed a brand new planner and a couple of packs of planner stickers and got super excited. You’ve done this before, but this time it’s going to stick. Every planner sticker in that pack is going to be used. I’m going to sit down every day and my life is going to be so freaking organized! Two weeks later you realize that you wrote in it for the […]

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How an Effective To-Do List Can Rock Your Productivity

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Who doesn’t love a good to-do list?  Don’t you enjoy writing all your stuff down for the day and scratching off each item with satisfaction when you finish it?  It is a wonderful feeling.  Chances are though, that you could be using to-do lists in a better way.  Keep reading to find out about how to use this tool to get more done and feel accomplished each day. The Typical To-Do List You start your day and get to work.  Suddenly, you realize you have several small tasks you’ll need to get done during the day.  Then, out pops the […]

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5 Big Distractions From Productivity and How to Win Against Them

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We have all been there.  Honestly, my life as a teacher is an endless loop of constant distractions.  You sit down with the best intentions to get stuff done.  A coworker comes in the chat about something.  You take a moment to check your email and it turns into 30 minutes you didn’t expect.  You click on a link while you are researching something and then go down the Alice in Wonderland hole of the “interwebs.” There are plenty of people, the majority of the world, in fact, that can’t focus. Distractions suck. They are a big deal and can […]

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