Last week I had an afternoon-coffee-break-chat with someone from the office. He tried to explain to me the concept of Buddhism and his beliefs about life. While the whole topic was very interesting to me, one of the Buddhists principles stuck out the most: Try to be the best version of yourself, every day.
This really got me thinking. I mean, obviously, we all want to achieve certain goals and become someone we can be proud of. Often we link the achievement of our personal and professional goals to our own happiness. But actually being the best version of yourself every day and in every aspect?!? That can get very exhausting very fast.
While I can not help you with the development of your character or moral, I can, in fact, assist in the business sector. So I gathered a few of my must-have productivity tools to help you become the best boss girl self every day!
After I launched Berlin and Other Stories in march, my To-Do list seemed to be exploding. I had my daily planner for personal things that needed to get done. Then there was my Google Calendar for work related stuff, a notepad for Blog To-Dos and hundreds and hundreds of sticky notes everywhere. Not the ideal way to plan your life, you’re thinking? Right!
After browsing around on the web for a while I found Asana. I am not going to lie, it did catch me because of ist beautiful design (I am a sucker for branding, I know) but what kept me going was its effectiveness. Whether you are working by yourself or in a team, Asana has amazing functions for not only task management but communication and team management as well. The tool is so easy to use … and so pretty … 😉
I talked about this tool before in How to Follow Through but I could rave about it any day when it comes to being more productive. The application basically lets you blacklist certain websites for a set amount of time. So take me for example, writing this post right now: I set Self Control to one hour and blacklisted Facebook and YouTube because I know whenever I get in a writing rut, I will „just check something real fast on Facebook“ and be distracted for the next hour. Don’t judge, we’ve all been there 😉
If you use a Mac Computer, Self Control is already installed in your applications. For the windows user, there are alternatives, like StayFocusd, which is a Google Chrome extension, and many more. I actually just came across an amazing page, that shows you how
I actually just came across an amazing page called the freelance effect, that explains step by step how to use Self Control so none of your productivity shall ever be wasted again. Check it out!
A huge pet peeve I have is unorganized folders and files that are dispersed everywhere. It literally gives me a headache. Trying to find a file that I thought was in a certain folder, only to find out 30 minutes later that I backed it up to some hard drive that is in my handbag hanging on a coat hanger at home. Isn’t that just the most frustrating thing ever?
Because of that, I am a huge fan of Dropbox, where all my files are neatly backed up into the cloud but still all in one place. I especially love the function to share your folders and files with different people, since it makes team management much more effective.
Like the rest of the interweb peeps, I am so in love with this website. Pinterest has become my „Five-Minute-Break“ from the To-Do list, my „Creative-Recharger“ and my „Inspiration Booster“. I mean, not going to lie, it can be the biggest distraction, ever created. But I try and set aside up to 10 minutes every few hours if I feel the need for a work break. And it keeps me more productive by filling my head with all those inspirations that just make me want to work more and more to make them all happen. In every way better than getting out your phone to play Candy Crush in a break, am I right?
I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe even found a tool or two to help you get more done and become the best boss girl version of yourself. What are your must-have productivity tools you can’t live without? Let’s chat in the comments.