Resources & Tools

I don't know what I'd do without these tools - saves me so much time! #workingmom #timesaver #organized

Mastering time management and organization makes everyone’s life easier, but is essential for working women. Luckily for us, we live in a time where there is an abundance of incredible tools, systems & resources available to make it easier to get work and life done. The only challenge is knowing which tools to use! Below are my favorites.

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Work

Evernote: My digital brain. Seriously. This is my one must have organizational tool for every adult who uses a computer. Best part: It syncs across all your devices, meaning you’re never at a loss for info. Evernote has both free and paid versions.So far, I’ve been happy with the free version and only occasionally wished I had the premium version. Deal: Use this link, and you’ll get a month free of the Premium version!

Dropbox: Cloud-based file storage keeps any and all files safe and secure. Also backs up all my digital photos. Can’t live without it. I’ve paid cold hard cash for Dropbox Pro since I started freelancing, and it’s worth every penny of the $99 annual fee.

Asana: Project & task management cloud-based software. FREE. If you’ve got projects with any sort of complexity, you want to use Asana. You may be able to get away with prioritized to-do lists in Evernote. I’ve personally gone back and forth between religiously using Asana for task management, and relying more heavily on Evernote. It’s highly dependent on what you’re tracking and how your brain works. (If you’re a more visual sort, Trello is another great option.)

LastPass: Never lose a password again! I don’t know what I’d do without LastPass. I’m pretty sure I save at least an hour a week not hunting for passwords. I recommend the Premium version for the ability to access passwords on a smartphone as well as online.

Google Apps for Work: Includes email, Google Drive, and a whole host of other Google-based tools for $5/month. Deal: Email me for a $10 off coupon code. 

Tailwind App: For scheduling Pinterest Pins. I LOVE Tailwind. The ability to batch pin when I’ve got time to be online, and have pins show up at regular intervals is amazing.

Siteground: Website hosting.

Namecheap: Domain names.

Finance

YNAB (You Need A Budget): Hands-down, the best budgeting software I’ve used. Emphasis on proactively managing your money and giving every dollar a place to work. Try it.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card: The best bonus credit card we’ve found. Use this link to get up to 50,000 bonus points.

Harvest: Time tracking, invoicing and light accounting. I’ve tried several similar services over the years, and this is the most user-friendly of what I’ve tried. Deal: Use this link to get a 30-day free trial and $10 toward your first paid month. 

Household

Amazon Prime: For just about everything. Free two-day shipping. Check. Free two-hour shipping with PrimeNow in many metro areas (This is my current favorite. We get groceries delivered and I’ve sent gifts to my sister 800 miles away). Check. Unlimited photo storage (fantastic as a backup!). Check.

Wal-Mart Grocery Pickup: The ability to order groceries during the day between meetings and pick them up on the way home is life-changing. (Use this link to get $10 off your first order.)

Plan to Eat: The easiest meal-planning software that saves me much time (and money!) by having both a plan and a ready-to-go shopping list.

Play

KiwiCrate: I will never be a crafty mom, and that’s just fine with me. With KiwiCrate, my kids get to do cool, crafty activities and I don’t have to do anything except get the mail and show up. (Use this link to get $10 off your first order.)

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