At our last Rising Tide Society Tuesdays Together Brooklyn and Manhattan meet-ups (look us up!) we spoke about Productivity and so many great ideas were shared for small business owners and creatives alike.
Here is a HUGE list of ideas to help with organization, time management, streamlining, and general emotional well-being when running your own business either part or full-time. We've got your back!
The Pomodoro Technique. Basically you set a timer and work your little tush off for as long as you can and then switch gears when the timer dings. It works great for me, and I have A HARD TIME focusing. Seriously, can someone back me up on that? The struggle is real. Read more about it here. Similar to this theory is also the concept of time-blocking, which was recently featured in The Huffington Post.
30 / 30 app for Block scheduling / Task management.
Tailwind app for visual marketing.
Planoly for scheduling Instagram posts and organizing.
Calendly for scheduling meetings
Boomerang for scheduling emails
Project Management + Collaboration Software:
Journalling and List-Making:
The Bullet Journal. This is a really awesome concept for the people who need to be creative with their time or who haven't found the perfect solution to having an organized planner. Create your own with a special code and format that they help you learn! I love it. I have all of these blank notebooks that are just dying to be used properly and might just give this one a try in 2017.
Pzizz app. A guided mediation app that allows you to set a time and music / voice level and sleep through stressful times. I LOVE IT. I have a hard time sleeping when my mind is racing and it's amazing. Trust me. Thanks for this recommendation, Kate Alison Photo!
Encouraging Thoughts + Staying Positive:
Thankful app to track your gratitude each day :)
Silver Linings Creative Co talked about saying her to-do list out-loud and saying "the day is not over", even if the morning wasn't the most productive...there's always time to redeem lost time!!
Other awesome ideas + tips:
Co-working and Mastermind groups! Coming soon to our group.
Raquel Miller Gochnauer says that even if you work from home, you can still get dressed up like you have co-workers or work outside of the house.
Jaadin Adele talked about being realistic when setting goals and knowing your limits, especially as a mom (preach!)
Marina Warner makes a weekly list and limits time on certain activities so that she doesn't over-do it on one task, sacrificing quality on others.
Danielle Voisin mentioned color-coding and allocating a financial value to time spent on tasks
Nick Collingwood talked about finding his sweet spot for productivity and doing chores during the time of day when he knows he wastes time anyways...brilliance!