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We can all use motivation & productivity tips so why not share what has worked for me so far. Especially after summer is gone, we can all use tips to beat the summer slump at work. Or if you want to start this year off with trying out new tools to up your game, than this post is also for you.
Honestly, the only way I stay productive — motivation can always slip but that’s why I have this post with tips — is with these 6 planning tools. It might seem like a lot but they all work together to make sure I get sh*t done.
DEAR DIARY // PRODUCTIVITY PLANNER
I already shared a review on this planner that you can read here, so I’ll be quick with this one. This is my number one planning tool. It’s where I keep all my important meetings, breakdown my to do’s in different priorities and keep notes on coming projects. I buy a new one every end of the three months — I use the quarterly, undated version — and I am still in love with it. If you want a planner with a lot of space for to do’s, than this one is the one you want to click home!
ASANA // PROJECT MANAGEMENT
For long period planning I use the project management tool Asana. It’s where I plan out all my projects & break it down in smaller tasks. I assign the smaller tasks a date that I later on use when I plan out my week in my Dear Diary planner*. What this does, is that I see what I already done for the project, all the steps I still need to take & I have an overview of the whole project. Since I have a three month planner, I can’t plan in it for longer than three months but some of the projects I’m running go beyond that. Or they’re recurring.
Another great feature is that you can share projects & to do’s with people on your team or someone helping you out with a project.
TOGGLE // TIME MANAGEMENT BUDDY
If there is one thing that I’m extremely bad at, it’s time management. I’m so bad at giving time estimates on projects that I have this planning tool, Toggl, to show me how much time I spend on something. That way I can make a more accurate estimate the next time.
It also shows me how much time I spend on a task, which helps me when I’m evaluating where my time goes. I also have a rule that I at least spend six hours per workday on doing work. Toggle keeps me on my toes when reaching this daily goal.
Within Toggle you have:
- Your workspace — Where all your projects & clients fall under.
- Your clients — The people you work for or a name for one big project. For example a client I have is Fiona Gobbo Creative where I track all things FGC related.
- Projects — Under projects you can create all your projects for clients but also separate projects without clients. Under Fiona Gobbo Creative I have blog, business model & website.
So not only is it a great tool for time tracking, it keeps all your different clients & projects separate. And just like with Asana, you can share your workspace with your team. If you use Zapier, you can even connect the two.
PLANOLY // MY SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNER
I’ve talked fondly about this app* many times and I always recommend it to people who are looking for an Instagram planning tool. You can plan your feed, plan your Stories & it has analytics inside the app. If you want to know more about this app, check out this post on my other blog for Fiona Gobbo Creative.
PLANOLY SHEETS // MY YEARLY & MONTHLY PLANNER
These sheets are totally free and you can download them here (scroll all the way down). I personally use the yearly & monthly printable to plan. Every month I print out a monthly sheet to write down all the important meetings & projects down. What I love about using this paper planner is that I have an overview of what’s the come.
The yearly planner I print out to write down themes & goals for every month for over the year. This month my themes for TheChicItalian are fall & getting back to work content. Hence the focus on more productivity tips.
CROSSBOW PRINTABLE NOTEPADS // PAPER PLANNER
A tool I don’t use that often anymore but might be perfect for you, are the Crossbow Printables productivity notepads. These notepads were everything to me before I got the Dear Diary planner. I used the weekly planner & daily to do’s to plan out my week. They’re a great companion if you use a calendar on your phone or a planner that doesn’t have a lot of space to write to do’s down.
TOOLS & THE LOOK*
I hope these planning tools will help you as much as they help me stay productive. If there is anything else you would want to see on the blog regarding motivation & productivity, please let me know in the comments below. Or send me a message via Instagram or my contact form.
Which planning tools do you use?
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