Do You Need To Increase Your Productivity?

A new year, a new you?  Well, if you would really like to make those small changes every day to reach your long-term goals Productive Habits & Daily Goals Tracker by Jaidev Soinhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/productive-habits-daily-goals/id983826477?mt=8 is the right application for you.  Productive  will help you build good habits, help you plan your day, increase your motivation and help you focus in on your daily tasks.  All essential things to meet those goals on your vision board.

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The Productive application helps you:

 

Build Good Habits

The productive application helps you organize your life and develop positive habits that you always wanted to easily incorporate into your life.

Gives You A Way to Plan Your Day 

With the app you can schedule habits for the morning, afternoon, evening, or any time of the day. You can also schedule habits for more than once a day, or only for weekdays, or just for the start of the month.  You can plan your day so that it fits your needs.

Increases Motivating Streaks

Build motivating chains of done habits and perfect days. The longer your chain of done habits, the more likely you will stick at the habit.

A Way To Focus  

You're only shown what's due for the current time of day. This helps you better manage your time, and prevents stress about what is still left to do.

It Provides Powerful Reminders

Know what's due for each time period, plus you can set reminders for each habit, or get a big push from Boost Mode.

This is an excellent app that will keep you on task and turn those tasks into life habits that will help you reach your highest potential.

 

Are You Dealing With Your Financial Reality?

Mint.com is my financial reality because it allows me to see my finances, bills, and credit score all in one place.  It is definitely my reality check.  When you live in the real world you tend to get distracted by the latest fashion trends, and the newest technologies, and sometimes forget about the goals that you set at the beginning of the year.  Well Mint is not only a gentle reminder about your finances but it also is a tool where you can actually set financial goals, manage your budget, pay your bills, and monitor your credit score.

Check this video out to learn more about mint.com:

Mint founder Aaron Patzer explains how to set up an account and use Mint.com to reach your personal finance goals and offers tips and tricks for organizing your monthly expenses. Mint downloads your transactions and provides a breakdown of your spending.

Mint allows you to see everything in one place. You are able to see your checking account balances, bills, and your credit score by clicking on one button.  When you link your credit accounts you can actually track where your money goes and eliminate unneccessary spending.  It also allows you to create budgets, track investments, and come up with creative ways for saving. 

Mint is a program that is pretty easy to sign up for https://www.mint.com and connects to almost every US Financial Institution in minutes. 

Mint is such a powerful tool. It comes up with ways that you can increase your savings. That is right! You do not have to figure this out on your own. The program makes recommendations that can help you save the most based on your lifestyle and goals.

With Mint you can manage and pay all of your bills in one place.  Mint organizes all of your due dates and helps you keep track of what is due and even how much you should pay each month to pay your debt off quickly.  It is like having your own financial coach, only this program is actually coaching you to manage your own finances.

With mint you can get alerts and reminders for bills, low funds, and unusual spending.

Mint also allows you to monitor your credit score and gives you creative ways to increase your  score.

Mint is a great program that will help you make your finances a part of your every day life.  You will no longer forget about the financial goals that you set at the beginning of the year. It keeps you on track and keeps your priorities in perspective.  So now when you are thinking about buying the latest fashion trends you are quickly reminded that those trends will always be there but wealth will not. And that is your financial reality. 

A Day At Paper Source

My day at PaperSource was like me being a kid all over again in a candy store with an infinite supply of treats with bright colors, different sizes for different personalities all ready for me to consume.  It was hard to buy the entire store so I had to just settle on a few things.

As the new year is approaching I wanted to focus my concentration on improving my planning style…and trust me you will have to focus once you walk into the store because you will fall in love with everything.  Here is a look at the items I grabbed to perfect my space (Planner).

Of course I could not spend the day without my family being by my side.  One of my joys as a child was going with my mom to the craft store so I had to take my son Bryce along and forced the hubby to go to!

Of course I could not spend the day without my family being by my side.  One of my joys as a child was going with my mom to the craft store so I had to take my son Bryce along and forced the hubby to go to!

Why I love Paper Source?  Stores like paper source were pretty much non- existent in the past 10 years or so.  It was difficult to find a novelty store where you could get personalized stationary, wedding invitations, gifts, gift wrapping paper, crafting supplies all in one place and if they existed they were these huge retailers/chains and that small wonderful boutique type feeling that we use to have was gone.  I was impressed to see that Paper Source brought that experience back.  I remember as a child loving to go to craft stores in DTLA with my mom and we would just go crazy and have so much fun.  Many of those stores no longer exist today so I was happy to see that they are back and thriving.

They had planners in all sizes, shapes, and colors to meet everyone's planning style. There was just way to many to choose from.

Planners galore!!!

Planners galore!!!

Yes this is a large adult or family coloring calendar. What a fun activity for you and or the family to do together.

Yes this is a large adult or family coloring calendar. What a fun activity for you and or the family to do together.

Here are just a few other things that you can pick up at your local Paper Source store.

  • personalized stationery
  • wedding invitations
  • custom announcements
  • calendars and planners
  • distinctive gifts
  • gift wrap
  • fine papers
  • greeting cards
  • party supplies
  • paper craft kits
  • stamps
  • crafting supplies

 

According to PaperSouce,

"their goal is to inspire you to do something creative every day". 

I think it is wonderful to spend some time out of your busy day to just tap into your creative side and let your inner child come out.  If every day feels like a little too much then try once a week or once a month.  It will do wonders for the spirit.

Paper Source also provide workshops monthly in their stores as well as personalized workshop sessions for small groups.   Finally,  their crafting tutorial ‘s https://www.youtube.com/user/papersourcevideo teaches crafting techniques and tricks to inspire your next project.

You can also visit the http://www.papersource.com/blog/ for stories about how individuals have used Paper Source to add personal touches to their events.

Planner Pad Review

An Effective Planner System?  Have your ever truly found one? Do you have to settle on just one?

I would say the answer is NO to all of these.  The great thing about life is that you can always switch it up.  Do not just settle on one thing, and stay stuck.  If your system does not work then it just does not work. Half the battle is admitting that you are doing something that is not working and just move on.  No love lost. One of the things that I want to encourage my readers is to not stay stuck. Do not stay stuck if it is not effective, if it does not pull you or motivate you then you do not have to continue to use it. Stay in your truth!!!So if you are looking for a new system then go for it. If it works use it and if it does not move on to the next tool! If you are looking for an organization system the planner pad system might be just for you.

As you all know, I love organization and I have found this program to be excellent.  The system/planner is called the Planner Pad. You can find this program on plannerpads.comThis program boasts about saving you an hour a day and let me tell you it has saved me a few hours per day.  I am someone who has about a million tasks to do a day and I never get them done.  This planning system allows me to do just that.  It has a  great funneling organization process. Even if you do not purchase a planner pad planner or app the system offers some great tips about organization that you can easily incorporate in your goal setting process.

The system calls for 3 basic steps:

The system allows you  to take inventory of everything you have going on in your life (e.g.,Professional goals, Personal goals, Family Goals, etc.). 

The system allows you  to take inventory of everything you have going on in your life (e.g.,Professional goals, Personal goals, Family Goals, etc.). 

The next step is prioritization.  It allows you to funnel things down that need attention and then you can plan by hour.

The next step is prioritization.  It allows you to funnel things down that need attention and then you can plan by hour.

Now you are off to scheduling your day.  This is my favorite part.

Now you are off to scheduling your day.  This is my favorite part.

Why I love this System!

What I love about this planner/organization system is that they also have an electronic app. I personally was not attracted to the paper system because well let me tell I like to have color in my planners (if you check out a reviewers take on this organizational tool she incorporated color into her paper system) that I use.  The paper system is very minimalistic as one reviewer described it. It is black and white and quite easy to follow.  Sometimes things just need to be simplistic when you are organizing your goals.  The difference with this system is that it does not just offer pops of color but an actual way to organize your professional, personal, and life goals.  Despite all of this, I was not drawn to their paper system.  However, that does not mean you might not.  Please see below for the video on the organization system tool app. You can also find a video on all of their paper systems listed at the end of the review.

So How much does great tool cost?

It ranges from $30 - 60 for the paper organizing systems. The app costs about $49 per year and can connect to all of your electronic devices.  It does link to you gmail for contacts but does not populate events from your gmail onto your PlannerPad calendar. This would be an amazing feature that I think they should try to consider adding.... and that is why I just cannot get rid of my  Gmail.  So what I have done with this particular system is  I  first organize myself on the Planner Pad app and then I utilize my gmail to organize specific events for the day after they have been outlined and developed on Planner Pad app.  On Sunday nights I organize my week and every evening I organize my day using the Planner Pad app.  This system is effective with giving you tools to organize your day and get the things you did not think you had time for in!

Don't Just Take My Word! Do your own research!

What Are Other Reviewers Saying?

I wanted to take a look at other reviewers to get their impressions about the Panner Pad application. Many of the reviews  felt that there was not enough space on the paper Planner Pad paper organization system to fully write out their goals completely. However, there was another reviewer who found the space was sufficient.  I also may add that this is not a journal space for your goal free writing.  Those goals need to be developed in a sense before you use this system.  I can do a review later to help you do some goal free writing, if that is what you need. This system is not for that.   If you would like another reviewers take on the application please go to  Clarissa's review https://youtu.be/v99P0F8l0R8.  She is an excellent reviewer for all things organization and college if that makes any sense.    All other  reviews were pretty mixed.  I honestly think you should take a look at it and see if it works for you.  You are your own best reviewer!!! I want to encourage all of my readers to be reviewers and in fact be a contributor to this blog or start your own!

Please take a look at the Planner Pad Overview for more information on all of their products.