Are you finding it hard to finish personal and professional projects due to a lack of structure? Is putting in long hours at work difficult when you also have to care for your child, keep track of extracurricular activities and keep a presentable home?
Some women seem to really have their stuff together; an interesting career, stimulated kids, a fun social life and a stunning home. (You’ll find them on Instagram…) And then there are those who constantly find themselves too busy with work while simultaneously feeling like they’re on the back foot, always getting off work too late to spend some real quality time with anyone.
And that’s not where you want to be. Life is more than work, after all, and having your nose glued to your phone or laptop will chip away at your mental well-being. And it will make you boring and void of new ideas.
The solution might surprise you: Have more kids! It makes you extremely organized, I promise! You find slots of time you didn’t think existed. You delegate. You communicate what you need more clearly and effectively. All of this happens because you simply have to. Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, would agree on this, she’s got five kids!
That’s the good news. The bad news is if you struggled with being structured and disciplined before having children, it can be a difficult transition. Back to the good news: There are countless apps and existence systems to meet your every possible organizing need. I thought I’d share some of my go-to apps with you today:
Slack – This app is great for team communication;
Asana – For managing company projects and tasks;
Trello – This one I use for my personal projects and tasks – I find Asana better for teams;
Outlook – Yes, I still do use Outlook. What I like about it is that I have everything at a glance – I can toggle between my email and calendar and contact list in a way I haven’t seen elsewhere;
OneNote – Forget about stacks of paper and Post Its to clutter your desk. This app is for note-taking and personal information management for collecting, organizing and sharing digital information.
Pinterest – This is where I get and store my inspiration and ideas for all sorts of visual projects;
Boss moms don’t work more – they work smarter. They automate, delegate and prioritize. Taking time to learn how to use an app (they’re usually fairly straightforward and user friendly) can save you a lot of time and brain space, so make sure to invest in it. An app will only take you so far, but it’s a great place to start!