Being a “momtrepreneur”, I’ve got a lot going on every day. Luckily, I have some help — a few great apps and strategies that keep me on track. Week in and week out, these are my tried-and-true methods for getting the most out of my busy schedule, and saying organized.
Trello Board: It’s no surprise that I like tools with strong, clear visuals, and so I use a virtual kanban board to help organize my daily, weekly and monthly tasks. This helps me filter items into buckets so I stay organized, while being efficient with my time.
Google Calendar: This is my lifesaver. Trying to keep track of work and personal life can be a challenge, so I have 3 shared calendars with my husband, co-founder and team to make sure I do not over overbook or over commit. But my Google Calendar isn’t just for other people’s convenience — it also helps me make sure I book enough time for myself. To do so, I block multi-hour chunks of time throughout the day where I can sit down and work without distractions and interruptions.
Slack: Most people know about Slack — it’s IM’ing for work teams, and it is a great communication system that my team and I use on a daily basis. At Blueprint Registry, half of our development team is based in Ukraine, so Slack makes it easy and efficient to communicate at all hours of the day. Even within our one-room office, we use it to quickly send links and talk as a team. Otherwise, we’d spend a lot more time cluttering each other’s email inboxes.
iCloud Photo Stream: Photo Stream might not seem like a likely tool given my sphere of work, but it’s definitely been a lifesaver after returning to the office post-maternity leave. My husband and I get photo updates from our one-year-old son’s nanny multiple times a day, so even when we’re at work, we can all share updates (aka cute baby pictures) and never feel too far away.
Exercise: I aim to get a minimum of three 45-minute workouts a week. Exercise helps clear my mind and distresses me from work. Having this outlet, I find I am much happier at work and home as I am able to take on challenges with a clear mind. To ensure that I get my fitness fill, I schedule the days I’ll workout into my Google Calendar ahead of time.