7 Necessary Productivity Hacks for Gmail User

Productivity, Tech Tips, Time Management
Gmail is the e-mail service provider of choice for millions of people, including me. It has become not only the most-used personal e-mail system but also a strong business e-mail system. Whether it is your way of staying in touch with your child’s school, other mom friends, or even your friends from back in school, I am willing to bet 80% of you use Gmail. I was one of the early adopters of Gmail, back in 2004. Those days, you could join Gmail only through an invitation from an existing user. The streamlined, minimal interface of the system was like a breath of fresh air among the cluttered interfaces of Yahoo! and Hotmail. User-friendly Gmail soon spread like a wildfire among the young and the old. Gmail has been in existence…
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Batch Processing + My Blogging Routine

Blogging, Productivity, Routines, Tools and Techniques
There was a time I was wildly fascinated with the lifestyle of the French. I wanted to know everything about their lifestyle: how they dress, how they live, how they raise children, what they eat…everything. So, I started following a few bloggers who write about the “Parisian Chic” life. In one of the posts, the writer mentioned how French women build exercise into their daily routines. They walk everywhere. They take the stairs. They grocery shop several times a week. Wait, what?! Call me lazy but I don’t want to step out of the house multiple times a day. When I am out, I better finish all (or most) of the errands, return home, and kick off my shoes. I grocery shop weekly. I go to the gym directly after…
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How to Set SMART Goals and Accomplish More Every Day! + Free Goal-setting Template

Goal-setting, Productivity
A friend of mine recently came up with the idea to start a home stationery business. As we got talking about the business and her vision for growth, we agreed that she needed to put her vision on paper for more accountability and clarity. Naturally, one of the first things that came to mind was to create goals so she can measure the success and growth of her business. Among others, here is what she wrote as her goal: Be the one-stop shop for all things in home stationery. Let me add here that this is the first business she plans to launch. I applaud her for that. It takes guts! She quit her full-time job as a graphic designer 7 years ago to stay at home with her then-newborn…
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5 Tips to Have an Amazing Morning Routine…Every Day!

Productivity, Routines, Wellness
Enough has been said about the importance of having a good morning routine. Routines are something I seek and test out very frequently. Mommy routine, morning routine, evening routine, cleaning routine, fitness routine...the list goes on and on. The reason I am so interested in routines is I want to learn how to simplify and/or better my life. Some of these "hacks" work for me, some don't. But try I will. So today, my friends, I bring to you my current morning routine and why you should consider adopting it too. Now, first things first: this post is purely focussed on incorporating "health" in your morning routine. And for that reason, it will not tell you to make your bed, throw a load of laundry, make your To-Do list, or…
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How Desktop Clutter Is Killing Your Productivity and How to Address it

Decluttering, Productivity, Tech Tips, Time Management
I hate clutter. I hate it. I pride myself on being super organized and yet this morning as I switched on my laptop, I was struck by this monstrosity! Now, to some of you, this may seem like a normal "working" desktop. I salute you! I don't know how you find anything on this desktop without spending energy and time that could be put to better use. But you know why it bothered me? Here's the thing: not one month ago, all I had on my desktop was the Post-it note and the three folders you see on the far right of the screen. I am obsessive about cleaning out my desktop because in the past I have spent a lot of time digging through tens of files and folders…
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5 Free Productivity Apps to Organize Your Life

Productivity, Tech Tips, Time Management
Ah! Productivity and Technology--two of my favorite areas of interest—and, when these two come together, I can spend hours absorbing information related to them and then several more hours telling others about these. You can tell I am passionate about these two subjects! The other day I was visiting a friend and we got talking about paper vs. digital planning. We agreed both of us love paper planners over digital planners—I like to write things down; typing does not hold the same motivation. Then, our harmless conversation things started to move into the “tech-bashing” zone, and it got me riled up. Look, there is no denying the analog world will always be more charming than the digital world, which is evolving every day. But, we also cannot deny the ease of…
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Sleep Faster and Better: Top 5 Tips for Get a Restful Night’s Sleep

Rest, Routines, Wellness
Hello, sleepyhead! What's keeping you awake? A newborn baby, too much coffee, a high-profile impending presentation, a thousand emotions bottled up inside of you? Or perhaps, you lay awake reflecting on the past, or worrying about the future. No matter what your reason is, we need to address it. Because you know, sleep deprivation is not only a hindrance to your daily productivity but it can also affect your health and wellness in an adverse manner. Studies reveal that not getting enough sleep over an extended period of time can lead to serious health issues, including high blood pressure and heart attack. 5 Tips to Sleep Faster and Better So, what should you do? I have listed five tips you should try for faster and better sleep. Add Physical Exercise to Your…
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Work-at-home Moms: 5 Productivity Tips

Productivity, Time Management
I am a work-at-home mom. Every time I mention my work situation to family or friends, they say, "You are so lucky! You can stay at home and earn money. I wish I could be a work-at-home mom and earn my salary sitting in the comfort of my home." Well, I agree. Staying home, earning money, and watching my child grow up is a blessing. But I also tell my family and friends, my work-at-home situation isn't a bed of roses...work-at-home moms have to be really smart and disciplined to save their sanity. When I was working in my corporate job, we were encouraged to follow Eisenhower Decision Matrix, which is a very effective tool to help you identify and prioritize tasks that are truly important and/or urgent. To this day,…
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5 Ways to Slay Your To-Do List

Productivity, Time Management
Consider this: it's early morning. You are full of hope on this beautiful day. You sit down to write down your To-Do list for the day. And it grows. And grows. You better get a head start on the day. It's going to be a wonderfully productive day. Before you know it, it's evening and you are only halfway through your To-Do list. You reflect on where all the time went. Well, you know it as much as anyone else where it all went. Don't we all want our days to be productive? I know I do!  But as moms, we often tend to bite off more than we can chew. Because, you know, there is just so much to do. It's not that you cannot do it, but remember some…
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How to be a Morning Person: Top 5 Tips

Productivity, Time Management
Running late every morning? Need some alone time to meditate in the morning? Well, it’s time to become a morning person by waking up just a little bit earlier and use that time to not only get more things done but also to achieve wellness. But not every one of us is a morning person. I know I am not. I used to be, but I fell into the habit of waking up later and later during my pregnancy. But nature has a way of whipping you back in shape. There were things I wanted to do for myself -- like enjoy that morning cup of coffee (very important!) and sit quietly for 30 minutes before my toddler woke up and demanded all of my time for the rest of the…
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