I like to think of myself as an organized person. It fits my personality and gifts. But alas, in practical application, I fall short of being as organized as I think I am. I’ve come to lean heavily on different tools to keep me organized in different seasons of my life (first it was notebooks, now it’s apps). Here are some of my favorite productivity tools, tips, and resources for being productive while keeping my household, my desk, and my to-do list in some semblance of order.
Doing the Next Thing in the Midst of Organized Chaos
Life with three kids and two jobs is organized chaos at best. Here I share my search for organization, from a household notebook to a to-do app. I also highlight exactly how I use Todoist and Evernote.
Doing the Next Thing: letting apps help you through your day
I tried out at least a dozen different productivity apps in my search for the one that would do what I needed it to do: keep me on task without making me feel overwhelmed and always behind. Here I review four of the most popular and user-friendly apps that are available for free via computer, phone, or tablet.
My Three Disciplines of Order
Chantel outlines how she keeps on task, bringing a voice of balance to the discussion of time management and household routines.
- Maximize Your Mornings: Take Control of Your Day Before it Starts by Kat (free e-book!)
- Hula-Hoop Girl by September McCarthy (click here for my review)
- Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews
- Getting It Together: Your guide to setting up a home management system that works by Kayse Pratt
- Shopping for Time: How to Do It All and NOT Be Overwhelmed by Carolyn Mahaney & daughters
- Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman by Anne Ortlund
- Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley
- Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living by Tsh Oxenreider
- click here for more books on time and schedules
31 Days of Baby Steps
My first ever 31 Days series was a learn-as-I-go process, both in blogging for 31 Days and in taking baby steps toward a routine and schedule. Here are my top posts on productivity from that series:
- Books for Baby Steps
- timers and baby steps
- power hour
- for those days when you don’t know what to do…
- Do the Next Thing
- the clock
- dressed to my apron
- getting up
- time to pray
- farmer time
- Five-Minute Pick-up & “The Gobble Box”