Finding A Balance With The Right Tools

It has been awhile, hasn’t it? Well, I’m back!

I would first like to thank those of you who sent congratulatory messages my way. It’s well appreciated! I have returned to the workforce as a new Mom to a wonderful and spritely baby boy. I’m now fully immersed in changing diapers, keeping up with creating new fancy foods for my kiddo’s insatiable palette in his Baby Bullet and trying to keep my mind in order long enough to figure out which project I’m working on.

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Truthfully, I have thankfully been able to be selective about the projects that I’ve taken on since having my son. While two fantastic opportunities came my way that I couldn’t pass up (I’ll share news in the next post!), balancing the new work life/mom life situation has been absolutely insane. Especially as a telecommuting mother. I have many questions that I ask myself every single day! How do I find a working equation that’s best for me? What tools can I use to make my workday effective and productive?

So here I am with a solid predicament but equipped with a few handy tools that I use on the regular. Beforehand, they were simply my amazing work aids. Now, I refuse to work without these tabs open and ready to go. I’m really big on being efficient with my time; for myself and for my clients. No one likes their time to be wasted. Therefore, when I’m not feeding or tending to my little one, I do use the silent time to work on projects on deck.

I use time management tools such as Harvest and Toggl to make sure I keep track of the time used on each project. To stay on top of my projects, I use Asana to assist in the progression and strategy of my client’s requests and I leave all of my invoicing at the end of the month to Wave.  I’m going to have to add the Pomodoro Timer to the list as well because sometimes we get so wrapped up in our duties that we forgot to step away and take a break. Do you know about the Pomodoro technique? If not, be sure to get yourself acquainted.

Thankfully, the applications listed above are my lifesavers! There are many more applications on the market that can assist you with your company tasks and keep you organized and in step with your projects. Search them out and find the right ones that agree with you. Which applications do you use? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time…

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