3 Astoundingly Helpful Tools I am Totally in Love With
I keep talking about all of these things IRL, so I figured it’s worth sharing online too. But let me say, my standards for using a new tool are really high, and it’s a big deal that I’m using them in the first place.
There are too many complicated online tools. I’m not techy and I don’t enjoy learning how to use a new system, so I usually default to analog, pen and paper, simple methods to get things done.
But now that I am putting more into growing my business, I’m finding that I actually need a little help keeping everything on track and in sync.
Right now, there are three tools I am absolutely in love with. If you’re like me and don’t want to waste time on a system that’s supposed to help you save time, these three tools are so simple and so useful, I can say that they’re worth a shot.
And full disclosure: I’m not affiliated with or paid by these companies, I really just love them that much.
Get Organized With Monday.com
I have struggled with project management software. I find most of them to be confusing, overwhelming or not make any sense at all.
When I have clients ask me to join and work in their system, I find the most minimal way to use it and that’s it. Otherwise, I feel like I’m just wasting time working in the project manager rather than doing the actual work.
And then came Monday.com. I finally feel somewhat organized. Monday.com makes it easy to have everything in one visual place and eliminates a lot of emails.
It’s been especially amazing for organizing my freelancers. I don’t have to dig through email threads because each assignment has its own row and, at a glance, I can see which projects have been worked on, need attention, and are done.
I think what I love most about Monday.com is that it is extremely intuitive. Other programs have a steep learning curve, but Monday.com just works the way my brain works. It’s basically just a color-coded to-do list, with a lot of superpowers.
Stop Procrastinating with Focusmate
I am obsessed with Focusmate. I love it so much that I even invested in it! I use it most when I need to work on something I don’t really want to do. While I love running my own business, there are certain tasks that are just not as fun as others.
Focusmate is really good at giving me the push I need to get those tasks done.
When I tell people about Focusmate, they usually think it sounds weird. But the few who gave it a chance quickly became obsessed with it too. It’s a game changer. One friend of mine signed up for seven sessions her first week—which is a lot!
Alright, so what is it?
Focusmate is a virtual coworking space. It’s for people who work or study from home and need a little help to get things done. The premise is that you commit to meet someone online for a working session, turn on your camera, and work “alongside” each other.
The platform is designed to hack your brain chemistry by getting you to make a commitment, set intentions, provide social pressure, accountability, and make you define a specific task for your session.
Let me tell you, it works.
Sessions are available 24/7, from anywhere you have an internet connection.
And if you’re thinking you don’t get it because it sounds so simple, you’re right. It is exactly as simple as it sounds. So simple, and so stunningly effective.
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