There just aren’t enough hours in the day. As soon as one job is done, it’s on to the next.

Figuring out, by yourself, what needs to be done and when can seem very daunting and overwhelming- big and small tasks alike. In fact, it may even seem as if it’s those menial tasks that take up most of your time. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone!

Here are five time-saving productivity apps to help you get your work done when and how you need it done.

5. Forest

One of the top five productivity apps on Apple’s App Store, the Forest app is designed to help you stay focused and on task. This app enables you to designate certain blocks of time as technology-free. You begin by simply setting a timer. This, in turn, plants a tree. During the set period of time you will not be allowed to check any messages, answer any phone calls, or visit any websites on your mobile device. Completing your task without getting distracted by your phone allows you to grow a tree. If you do become distracted and use your phone, then the tree will die. Each time you successfully complete your task and allow the period of time to pass before using your phone again, you will grow a tree. After a while, all of your trees will create a forest- a forest of productivity!

This visually brilliant way of keeping track of your productivity is not only super motivating, but also extremely rewarding.

4. FocusList

The FocusList app is centered very heavily around the concentration-deepening Pomodoro Technique. This means picking one task at a time, working on it for 25 minutes, taking a five-minute break, then starting another session of 25 minutes to continuously chip away at the set task. You will keep doing this until your task has been completed. Then, thanks to FocusList’s option to create a task list, you can choose what to work on next, all while tracking your time and how many sessions you’ve spent working on those tasks.

A proven method, this app is just what you need to get that work done!

3. Cisco Webex Teams

The Cisco Webex Teams app is a neat way to manage whatever teamcentric tasks your work may involve. Acting as a virtual assistant, this app will send you an email each morning as a reminder of what your day is going to look like. Your tasks will be listed, as well as the times for each of those tasks, and you will also be reminded of upcoming meetings and projects. Webex Teams even reminds the other party involved about your meetings and projects.

Your productivity will soar when you have Webex Teams keeping track of those fine details for you.

2. Buffer

The Buffer app is an essential tool for keeping up with your social media needs. This social media management app makes marketing easier than ever by allowing you to pre-post, and then later post at the desired time, so that you won’t have to constantly be worrying about what time it is. Since at certain times of the day social media platforms are most active, Buffer lets you plan your posts for those certain times of the day. This way, your posts will be seen by as many of your followers as possible. Buffer also allows you to see various analytics, such as how well you’re trending on social media.

Buffer is a most invaluable app for those of us who need that extra boost of confidence when it comes to staying on schedule.

1. Trello

With all of that saved time and energy, productivity strikes again!

When our days seem too short and our to-do lists too long, being productive can appear to be nearly impossible. That’s why it’s important to have a backup plan. There are motivational apps, such as Forest, concentration promoting apps, such as FocusList, organizational apps, such as Cisco Webex Teams, planning apps, such as Buffer, and time saving apps, like Blinkist. Whether the tasks are big or small, you don’t have to tackle them alone.

In conclusion…

These five essential productivity apps will help you immensely in getting your work done. Which one will you try?

What productivity apps have you prefer. Let us know.

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An ever-growing number of moms are becoming entrepreneurs, meaning that the necessity for and importance of at-home business management are as well.

That being said, the path to this kind of productivity will undoubtedly require careful thought and many efforts. Running a business from home and doing so while properly managing your time may prove to be a challenge to some mom entrepreneurs, not to mention taking care of your own family in the meantime.

Questions a mom might ask herself: “Am I using my time as efficiently as I possibly can? What steps am I taking to better my time management?

Asking yourself these questions and examining the following 5-step action plan will not only put you on that path to success, but will ensure that you’re well on your way to finding that essential balance that we all so desperately need.

Regulate With a Routine

Generally speaking, moms are the earliest risers of the household, and many moms use this time in the morning to take care of familial needs. Rather than going into each day without a plan, it would be beneficial to take a few moments the night before to create a list of your priorities for the next day in order of importance. For example, sending out an informative email to your clients would take precedence over walking your dog.

Even if you are not able to meet all of the tasks that you have laid out for yourself, you can feel accomplished and empowered knowing that you have succeeded in tackling your main goals for the day. In this way, you will start to see that glorious balance getting ever nearer.

Keep a Detailed Schedule

More than just regulating daily life with a routine, keeping a detailed schedule is a must. Investing in either a digital or physical planner will allow you to get a visual idea of how your day should play out. Think of all the time someone could be saving by not having to recall from memory what needs to be done! Wouldn’t you like that someone to be you?

Your schedule should encompass your business, household, and personal needs. So, if you know that you will soon be meeting a deadline but that you will also have multiple other obligations, try to plan around your work schedule. Once you get into the groove of establishing your work hours and appointments, finding balance in your scheduling will become second nature. Don’t forget to be realistic! Schedule breaks throughout the day to stay refreshed and energized. This will also help you stay in control and on task.

Keep in mind any openings that could be used for work. This is an excellent way of preventing wasted time.

Stay Organized

Your workplace is your sanctuary. Having a way to separate your daily surroundings from work will create a zone conducive to you and your business.Investing in a work desk, filing cabinets, and folders is an especially practical idea to avoid a messy working area. Every file and paper should have their own place, just as every mom entrepreneur should have her own work space.
The necessity for a clutter-free work zone is one of the greatest. Not being able to find the information you need at that very moment would only serve to take away from your precious time and energy. Since wasting time is essentially wasting money, maintaining a neat and tidy work space is of the utmost importance. Do I find myself distracted by my work environment? Could I invest in any organizational aides to keep business operations running smoothly?

Plan for Your Goals

Just as you need a realistic schedule, you also need to create realistic goals, short-term and long-term, that you know can be attained. Gaining a certain amount of clients, exercising 3 times per week, or helping the kids get through the school year successfully. Whether a business, personal, or family goal, you should always have a plan to reach your goals. Think about your actions in pursuit of the goal and the possible reactions.

We all learn to expect the unexpected, and even more so do moms! Therefore, do your best to plan accordingly by leaving some space in your schedule as a buffer for possible illnesses, family emergencies, and unforeseen financial changes. You will surely thank yourself later for having done so. Ask yourself: Do I view these challenges as daunting? Or do I see them as an opportunity to measure my success and resilience? Taking on such challenges will help you assess your flexibility, adaptability, and strength.

Don’t Lose Focus

Of course, your principal objective is always to provide your clients and readers with content that they will not only enjoy, but identify with. This does not mean, though, that you should in any way neglect your own business!
Maybe you’ve noticed that your website could do with some enhancements, your inbox is teeming with emails, or that you have a list of calls that need to be made. Strive to keep your website looking good, your inbox at 0, and your voicemail empty. Doing so will keep you happy and your business healthy.

Just as you would make an appointment for a client to help them with these things, do the same for yourself! Your business is, after all, the very reason you have clients. You need to make a living, too. Will my business continue to draw in clients as it has been? When was the last time I scheduled an appointment for myself? Analyze seriously where you and your business currently stand and how you could make welcomed changes.

Effectively and successfully managing your time as a mom entrepreneur is not only doable, but it’s within your grasp! Using a routine to regulate your day-to-day life, keeping your schedule detailed, staying organized, having a solid plan, and backup plan, for your goals, and never losing your focus. Following these five tips toward time management it achievable and necessary.Your successful, flourishing, and balanced business future depends on it. After all, you get out of your business what you put into it. So, what do you say? Are you ready to take these steps to success?

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Working from home can be both convenient and a headache at the same time.

There are things you can’t control throughout your day, however, creating the space you want can help make your workflow smoother.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed in your home office, start with clearing the clutter of your office space. It has been said that “Good order is the foundation of all things.” (Edmond Burke)

Here are 5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Home Office in a Day.

1. Get rid of paper you don’t need – This includes junk mail, paper with notes you don’t need, sticky notes, magazines you’re not reading, etc. Having a recycle bin near your desk will not only be good for the environment, but also clear up space.

2. Create a Mailing Station – Put all incoming mail and paper into an “Incoming” folder. Once you have read it, you can then decide if it needs to go into the recycle bin or in a folder in your filing station.

3. Create a Filing Station – This could be the traditional filing cabinet next to your desk or large basket containing all your file folders. Your filing system could be organized by color or alphabetical. Having a filing station gives your ‘work’ a place to neatly go instead of a growing pile on your desk.

Filing System

4. Get Storage Containers – Storage containers such as drawers, baskets and bins can help organize any clutter. When it’s time time to tidy-up, everything will have a place out of site.

5. Organize Your Books – The easiest way to give your home office an organized look is to organize your book. You can organize them by genre, color or size depending on your preference.

There are many more ways to organize your office, however, starting off with just a few tasks you can do in short time is a good start.

Which one will you try today?

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