Essential Tools

Become a Time Lord – 15 Tools to Help You Master Time

Running a business, while juggling a family is extremely hard.  For some reason, you tell your family members “I’m working” and those words somehow translate into “I’m working but I’d be thrilled to drop everything and help you”.

But when you’re balancing your business and family, you’ve got to become a Master of Time.

Or a Time Lord – which is even better.

The old saying “Time is Money” is completely true. But it goes beyond that – time is your biggest asset. It’s essential that you start treating your time like Scrooge treats money. Get stingy with it!

To help you begin to see time differently, I’ve put together a list of 15 tools to get started.

Stop Getting Sucked into Facebook!

Sometimes our screaming kids aren’t the problem – it’s getting sucked into Facebook and Instagram. If your productivity is suffering because you get sucked into the social media vortex, try one of these tools.

Focus Booster is an easy to use app based on the principles of the pomodoro technique. It works by setting up 25 minutes intervals and then reminds you to take a break.

StayFocusd: It’s a Google Chrome extension that will limit the time you spend surfing websites that don’t help you get the job done. It’s a bit extreme, but so are the number of hours we use social media.

Self Control: A free Mac application to help you avoid distracting websites.

Rescue Time:  A personal analytics service that shows you how you spend your time and provides tools to help you be more productive.

Get Organized Already!

In a world where the average person looks at their phone 150 times a day, it’s time to embrace organizational technology. And while there are hundreds available, here are a few of the best.

Evernote: The PREMIER organization tool – it has so many features I can’t possibly list them all.

WEEK Plan: A weekly planner inspired by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change  from Stephen Covey and Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity  from David Allen

WorkFlowy: Take notes, make lists, collaborate, brainstorm, and plan (love this one!)

Cozi: Great calendar if you also have to manage your entire family

Appointlet: An online appointment-scheduling app for Google Calendar

Trello: Keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details.

Remember the Milk: Popular to-do list that’s everywhere you are: from your phone, to the web, to your Google apps, and more.

Toggl: Simple time tracking tool and free time sheet alternative.

Don’t Forget to Take Breaks

Sometimes I don’t think I breathe when I’m in the middle of a project. I can go hours without moving from my chair – not a healthy move! But taking breaks helps our mind stay sharp and allows us to stretch and reduce eye strain.

Plus, you can’t work well when you’re sick.

EyeLeo: Reminds you to take a break for your eyes.

Workrave: Assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). The program frequently alerts you to take micro-pauses, rest breaks and restricts you to your daily limit.

Regular Breaks: A free tool that helps you setup a healthy break pattern and track your success

Change the Way You Think About Time

These tools are just tools – they’re only solutions if you use them.

The trick isn’t necessarily learning to use a cool new app – it’s deciding to find a way to take charge of your time. It’s learning how to streamline your life and your business.

Because we don’t have a Tardis. We can’t go back and forth in time and fix what’s broke. Instead, we’re simply women who want our life to balance.