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Ultimate Productivity Bundle 2019

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Time Management (5 of products worth $132.98)

  • Time Management How to Finish Your To Do List Every Day! by Marcia Ramsland ($47.00)
    (Video) This video will show you how to turn the chaos of the day into calm control with smart planning and your TO DO List will get done, your home will be cleaner, your work will get done, and you’ll be happier and relaxed.
  • It’s About Time by Aby Garvey ($49.00)
    (eBook) Create a customized time management system that is in sync with your values and priorities and helps you feel in control with It’s About Time.
  • Organize Your Life with Trello by Cara Harvey & Elisa Giorgio ($47.00)
    (eCourse) A digital course that helps  moms who are sick of being overwhelmed and finally want to get control of everything.
  • Personality Based Time Management© by Susie Glennan ($4.99)
    (eBook) Don’t fall for the one size fits all myth! Learn about personality based time management© from someone who was not born organized and has been there and done that for more than 20 years.
  • Take Back Your Time: How to Become a Motivated Time Saving Mama by Emily Bendler ($4.99)
    (eBook) Emily’s book will help you to efficiently manage your time so you can get things done and make time for the people you love and yourself.
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Daily Planners (9 products worth $169.99)

  • Beyond Blessed Life Planner for Christian Women by Ana Willis ($17.00)
    (Planner) The Beyond Blessed Life Planner is the most complete and Christ-centered undated Printable planner to help you take your life from good to beyond blessed now and in the years to come!
  • I Heart Productivity Pack by Laura Smith ($34.00)
    (Planner) This printable productivity pack is designed to walk you through the process of setting goals that really stick and then track your progress.
  • Planner ePlanner: Calendars, Schedules & To Do Lists by ListPlanIt ($10.00)
    (Planner) Planner ePlanner has what you need to record the To Dos that bring clutter to our minds and our lifestyle. Learn how to record and prioritize your schedules and to dos to make the best use of your time.
  • Simply Scheduled Workbook by Julianna Poplin ($27.00)
    (Planner) A minimally and elegantly designed set of checklists, planners, worksheets, and calendars to help you plan your life efficiently and effectively.
  • The Planner Obsessed™ Planner [The Silver Edition] by Carlie & Hannah Kercheval  ($15.00)
    (Planner) The Planner Obsessed™ Planner will help you get your life organized, all while creating the habits to make your life the best it can be.
  • The S.O.S. Planner by Kayse Pratt ($29.00)
    (Planner) The S.O.S. Planner gives you back your time, schedule, and sanity, by helping you organize every aspect of your life.
  • The Wannabe Bullet Journal: A Loosely-Structured Weekly Planner For Those Who Need Both Freedom & Organization by Ronni Peck ($4.99)
    (Planner) The half-page Bullet Journal Wannabe for those who wish they could could bullet journal but need a little more structure.
  • Thrive with Chronic Illness Planner + Journal by Tanya at Mom’s Small Victories ($17.00)
    (Planner) Designed to help chronic illness patients manage their time and energy, break down their goals, and work to improve their physical and emotional health.
  • Time Management Sheets by Jennifer Roskamp ($18.00)
    (Planner) Get more done in less time. More than just tracking sheets, Time Management Sheets are a system unlike any other where you will use your time the most efficient way possible.
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Goal Setting (5 products worth $406.98)

  • Brilliant Baby Steps: Make the Most of Your Messy Middle for a Beautiful, Balanced Life by Beth Anne Schwamberger ($47.00)
    (eCourse) Brilliant Baby Steps teaches a simple but effective system for making the most of your day regardless of your stage of life. It will help you get more done with less stress, while still being there for the people you love and activities you enjoy.
  • Driven Women Grace Based Productivity for Christians by Phylicia Masonheimer ($98.00)
    (eCourse) The Driven Women Productivity Course is a grace-based, biblical approach to time management that teaches you how to develop routines and habits that fit YOUR personality and lifestyle.
  • Goal Setting 101: How to Set Goals as an Absolute Beginner by Nadalie Bardo ($49.99)
    (eCourse) Goal Setting 101 is an 8-lesson eCourse that teaches you exactly how to set achievable goals.  
  • Start Finishing Your Projects: Boost Your Productivity, Effectiveness, and Creative Momentum by Learning to Finish the Projects that Matter Most by Charlie Gilkey ($14.99)
    (eCourse) This will help you get your unstarted or unfinished project done, as well as teach you how to set yourself up for success with any other project you kick off after taking the course.
  • The 90-Day Personal Productivity Power Plan by Lise Cartwright ($197.00)
    (eCourse) Lise Cartwright created The 90-Day Personal Productivity Power Plan to share the EXACT principles and strategies she used to master her to-do-list in a matter of months so you can do the same.
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Goal Planners (8 products worth $144.00)

  • 90-Day Personal Growth Goal and Life Planning System by Cassandra Massey ($37.00)
    (eCourse) Cassie’s 90 day personal growth goal and life planning system is a 280-page printable planning system + 8 video mini-course to guide you step-by-step in creating your goal-achieving plan of action!
  • Goal Setting Life Planner by Sareeta Lopez ($19.00)
    (Planner) More than your everyday planner – it teaches you exactly get you closer to your kickass dream life by integrating your goals into your daily life so that you’re always working towards them! It includes a video walkthrough of exactly how to use the planner and implement my 3 Month Term goal setting system.
  • Goals and Planning Bundle by Abby Lawson ($12.00)
    (Planner) Designed to help you set actionable goals and be more productive!
  • Quarterly Targets & Goals Tracking by Kimi Kinsey ($7.00)
    (Planner) Set, track, and achieve your goals with this strategy guide and quarterly-based printable. Set comes with pages for 2019, and 2020 – to total 8 pages (1 for every quarter).
  • The 2019 Success Designer Planner by Khaye Mydette Macalinao ($10.00)
    (Planner) The 2019 Success Designer Planner is a goals-focused productivity planner designed to help you blissfully manage not just your schedule but your whole life!
  • The Goal-Getter Workbook: The Plan for Busy Women to Go from Dreams to Plans to DONE by Laura S Shaw ($25.00)
    (Workbook) The perfect tool to help you create the goals that get you closer to your dreams.
  • The Ultimate Goal Setting Planner™ [Couples Edition] by Mike & Carlie Kercheval ($15.00)
    (Planner) Mike + Carlie Kercheval  have put together The Ultimate Goal Setting Planner™ [Couples Edition] to help married couples prioritize their marriage and things that matter most.
  • Ultimate Goal Setting Planner 2019 by MaryEllen Bream ($19.00)
    (Planner) The Ultimate Goal setting planner contains everything you need to set goals for the year and break them down into small, doable pieces. Over 150 pages of goal setting worksheets and calendar pages will help you manage your time for maximum productivity.
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Home Management (3 products worth $123.00)

  • Child, It’s Time to Get Off Your Butt: A simple system to get your people off the couch,  ready for the day, and your home maintained. by Angela Davis ($7.00)
    (eBook) A simple system to get your people off the couch, ready for the day, and your home maintained.
  • Mastering the #MomLife Juggle: A Realistic Action Plan For Getting it All Done as a Busy Mom by Brianna Berner ($67.00)
    (eCourse) Learn the incredibly simple secrets to mastering the #momlife juggle so you can get more done in less time, be more present with your family, and start living a life that you’re wildly passionate about.
  • Productivity & Organization for Women by Cheri Chin ($49.00)
    (eCourse) This course is designed especially for working, busy, women who want to also have a home that is organized and free of chaos. Learn decluttering tips, ways to efficiently grocery shop, and even how to organize files on your computer in four weeks!
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Home Management Planners & Printables (7 products worth $82.96)

  • Family Chore System & Planner by Mandi Ehman ($17.00)
    (Planner) The Family Chore System & Planner from Life Your Way is a unique system designed to help families work together to stay on top of the daily, weekly and monthly chores as a team.
  • Get Your House Clean and Organized: A Cleaning Planner by Laura Rizer ($7.99)
    (Planner) This planner will help you get organized and streamline your cleaning tasks so that you can create a routine that’s right for you.
  • Home Cleaning Planner by Corinne Schmitt ($4.99)
    (Planner) The Home Cleaning Planner comes with checklists and planning sheets to help you get (and keep) your entire home clean both inside and out!
  • Housekeeping Chore Box for Kids and Famlies by Kemi Quinn ($9.00)
    (Printable) Kemi Quinn wants to help you set up an Awesome system of housekeeping that includes your children and can grow with them.
  • Life Management Binder by Heather Moritz ($24.00)
    (Planner) Giving you the ability to track all aspects of your life, the Life Management Binder will not only help you get your home-life in order, but help you feel like an organizational rock-star!
  • Organized 31 Tickler File System: The Easy Way to Manage Paperwork, Bills, Tasks and Appointments by Susan Santoro ($3.99)
    (Printable) Makes it simple to keep track of, anticipate and complete all time-sensitive paperwork, bills and tasks on-time and with less stress.
  • Year of Intent by Leslie Lambert ($15.99)
    (Planner) A huge collection or organizational printables that let you build a custom planner that fits your needs.
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Mindset & Self-Care (5 products worth $94.99)

  • 10 Steps to Feel Motivated & Get Stuff Done by Heather LeGuilloux ($9.00)
    (Workbook)
    Heather LeGuilloux wants to help you to be more intentional with your time by sharing a practical system that will help you to stay on track so you can finally bring your passion to life.
  • Ignite Your Life by Jess Stuart ($15.00)
    (eCourse) An online course to help you create the life you dream of living.  Learn to set goals to achieve your dreams. Want to feel more joy in each day and master the art of happiness? This course is for you!
  • Positivity Planner by Chris Mooney ($14.00)
    (Planner) Chris has developed a  colorful, accessible “positivity planner,” which can help you get organized as well as inspire  and encourage you with space for you to jot what you’re grateful for as well as what’s challenging you today/this week!
  • Replenish: Experience Radiant Calm and True Vitality in Your Everyday Life by Lisa Grace Byrne (9.99)
    (eBook) Replenish uncovers the 7 core essentials of well-being that need to be nurtured in order to live and mother with greater calm, clarity and vitality in the world.
  • The Breaking Barriers Challenge by Lindsay Preston ($47.00)
    (eCourse) The 5-day program that will teach you how to break through the barriers that are stopping you from confidently stepping into your BEST LIFE!
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Productivity at Work (5 products worth $369.00)

  • Balanced Life Guide by Lauren Cecora ($47.00)
    (eCourse) A six week video and worksheet breakdown of how to organize your life so you can focus on the things that truly matter.
  • Motivation Kit by Julia Bickerstaff ($18.00)
    (Workbook) This gorgeous printable Motivation Kit contains science-backed but easy-to-do step by step ‘recipes’ and tools to help you keep motivated every day.
  • Perfect Project Planner: For Bloggers, Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs by Eve Tokens ($40.00)
    (Planner) The Perfect Project Planner is an essential tool for any blogger or small business owner wanting to manage their business projects and personal time more effectively.
  • The Personal Productivity Toolkit by Paul Minors ($197.00)
    (eCourse) Beat overwhelm and learn how to get more done, in less time. Fast! Learn how to master your email, manage your time and create a simple system for increasing your efficiency and staying organised.
  • Work by Design Summit by Claire Diaz Ortiz ($67.00)
    (Summit) The Work by Design Summit All Access Pass gives you lifetime access to interviews with 50+ productivity experts who finally help you make REAL productivity work in your REAL life.
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The BONUSES!

The bonuses make it even easier to keep yourself focused, measure your progress, and save time with practical tools.

In addition to the 46 resources in this bundle, you also get bonuses worth $69.95 from companies who can help you become more productive.

Here’s are the bonuses you get:

  • ListPlanIt has more than 1,000 lists to help you keep track of the details involved with running a home and a family. You can create lists and access them on-the-go from any device. (Value $30)
  • Sanebox It moves unimportant emails from the inbox into a new folder and summarizes them in a digest, where you can quickly bulk-process them. The average Sanebox customer saves 12+ hours per month! You’ll get to try it out with a $25 credit for a Sanebox subscription. (Value $25)
  • Ready for increased energy and focus? The Maca Team is offering a 2 ounce bottle of their Yellow Maca Extract, which studies have found to build energy, balance hormones, increase focus, and more! (Value $14.95)
  • Plus, make your goals more fun with a free goal-setting sticker book (with over 900 stickers!) from Cultivate What Matters. (Value $10)
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You can pick and choose which bonus offers you want to redeem. Sanebox and ListPlanIt are digital bonus offers available to anyone in the world – with no shipping costs! The goal setting sticker book ships anywhere in the world (customer is responsible for shipping costs). The Maca Team bonus ships only to US addresses (again, customer is responsible for shipping costs).

The value of the bonuses are worth more than twice the cost of the bundle, which I think makes the bundle a no-brainer purchase.

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Bundle FAQs!

If you still have questions, keep reading!

Question: Is this one big course? Or a bunch of different products?

Answer: This bundle is a collection of 5 eBooks, 14 eCourses & videos, 26 printables & planners, and 1 summit. Inside this bundle, you will find tons of resources to helpset goals, save time, work more efficiently, manage your home,, and so much more. It’s basically one big, productivity pack – all for $37.

Question: What am I going to do with so many resources?

Answer: There is no way on earth each of these eBooks / eCourses is relevant to where you are right now. Some of them will have a lot of appeal, and some won’t. But in most cases, it only takes 3 or 4 eBooks or eCourses that you’re going to use for you to start saving money.Not to mention, there are 15 resources alone that are worth as much or more than the cost of the bundle itself. So, even though you won’t use every resource in the bundle, it would still be really hard to not save a ton of money anyway.

Question: How do I know I’m actually getting good quality products and not just a bunch of “throw-away” eBooks?

Answer: The Ultimate Bundles team spends months reviewing potential contributors, approaches only the best for inclusion, and then only accepts the top products that they think will have the most appeal out of those. Many of these are even full-length eCourses with video tutorials or even access to a private Facebook group! They are highly selective and it shows in the final curated collection.

Question: OK, but what if I buy it and don’t like it?

Answer: Although Ultimate Bundles has an extremely low return rate at less than 1/4 of the industry standard, there are some people who it doesn’t work for. That’s why they offer a 100% happiness guarantee refund policy for 30 days. If you don’t love it, just email customerservice@ultimatebundles.com to ask for a full refund.

Question: This sounds like a scam. Can you prove it’s not?

Answer: I know it seems too good to be true. Pay $37 for $1,506.90 in resources? Doesn’t that mean someone’s losing big time? Or the prices are inflated?

I totally get your concerns. I’ve been a customer of Ultimate Bundles for years and I can tell you that these bundles are truly a great value. Even though a blogger may be including their product in a bundle that costs less overall than their individual product, creators get exposure to new potential readers, which can pay off in big ways later. And when you buy a bundle through your favorite blogger (hopefully me!), you’ll support them, too! Plus, the bundle is offered for such a short time that they can go back quickly to selling their product at full price.

In short, it’s a great deal for everyone. Ultimate Bundles is a reputable company, so if you try the bundle and don’t like it within 30 days, just ask their friendly, helpful customer happiness team for a refund.

I hope that fully answers your questions!! If not, contact me anytime and I’ll sort it out for you!

In my opinion, you really don’t want to pass up a deal this good. But I’ll leave that up to you. Just don’t wait too long, because the sale when the timer runs out!

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10 Fabulous Planning Supplies for Under $10

On the hunt for some great accessories and products to use with your planner, but frustrated because everything seems so expensive? Here are some of my favorite planning supplies under $10 for when you’re on a budget:

On the hunt for some great accessories and products to use with your planner, but frustrated because everything seems so expensive? Here are some of my favorite planning supplies under $10 for when you’re on a budget:

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Washi Tape

Washi is great for quickly dressing up a plain page with color and personality. It’s really taken off in the past year, and you can find this stuff literally everywhere. I’ve found some great rolls at the Dollar Tree, Target $1 Spot and Michaels especially, but if you keep your eyes peeled I bet you’d find some in other places as well. The beauty is that it comes in all different colors and patterns so you’re bound to find something you love!

I also love this set of skinny washi that can fit almost anywhere on a page. It’s a great way to add a splash of color to a page that doesn’t have a lot of whitespace built-in.


Papermate Inkjoy Gel Pens 0.7

These are by far my favorite pen. I hardly write with anything else anymore! They come in bright, beautiful, vibrant colors, write super smoothly, come in medium or fine point, last a long time (I’ve been using the same set almost every day for several months and they are still going strong!), dry fast, are comfortable to hold, and have a clicker (no caps to lose!)

They also come in sets of basic colors like blue or black if you’re looking for something simpler or more professional.

At under $10 for the set, you have to give these a try!


Frixion Erasable Pens

These pens are amazing. They write smooth and clear, they don’t bleed through paper, they come in gorgeous colors, they’re refillable, and best of all, they’re ERASABLE!! You got that right. And these aren’t those cheap pens you kept throwing away back in the ‘90s. I’ve got a couple of these Frixion pens in every room in my house. Erasable colored gel pens? Yes, please! I really couldn’t sing their praises high enough.

This is the basic set at less than $6 if you want to try them out, but they also come in many other colors & sets, like this one. Though just a tad over $10, it’s my favorite set. You get more pens, more colors (including pink, purple, turquoise & green), and I personally like the clickers better than the standard.

Frixion has also come out with erasable markers, and highlighters, as well as larger erasers.


Ribbon Paperclips

I use these all the time to keep my “daily” page in my planner. You can find these everywhere, but my favorite places are on Etsy for just a couple dollars each. I also love these MAMBI ones in black & gold. There’s a ton of DIY tutorials online if you’re interested in making your own! I haven’t gone that route myself because I’ve got a collection I just love, but if you ever lose your place in your planner, these are great for sticking up at the top and keeping you on track! (Just make sure the ones you pick out leave enough of the clip exposed so it sticks into the page.)


Designed or Patterned File Folders

I love finding cute file folders at Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. They can be used for many things in your planner, but my favorite thing to do is to cut them up and use washi tape to make pocket folders! The whole project takes less than fifteen minutes. I’d definitely skip the plan manilla folders though- there’s so many out there in different designs and patterns- this is a great way to add some color into your planner!


Post-it Tabs

I love these because they’re so versatile! You can practically make any page or dashboard a divider! These also work great if you’ve used file folders as pockets (see above). There are many different kinds here, but theseare my favorites. They’re sturdy, you can write (and re-write) on them, cute colors and removable!


Post-its

What is life without post-its? Ok maybe that was a bit melodramatic, but my entire family knows my addiction to post-its. I use them everywhere, and for everything. If you haven’t been using post-its in your planner, you’re missing out.

Don’t forget to check them out in different sizes and/or shapes!


Filler Paper

Now this one will depend completely on the size planner you have, but I find that having extra paper in my planner allows me to make lists and notes as I need. If you have a punch for your planner you can always print your own pages, but if you’re on a budget and can’t afford a punch, getting some pre-punched filler paper might be your best option to start out with.

Here’s some that fit the following planner systems:

Happy Planner 

Filofax

5.5×8.5 (Mini Binder or Half-Sheet)


Quote Cards

Though maybe not completely functional, I love adding a few of these cards into my planner in places I find myself looking a lot. I love the daily inspiration they can bring, as well as how colorful and adorable they look in my planner. These ones here actually have some space on the back to write down a memory or a thought.

You can also use Project Life cards if you have them available. Or these which come pre-punched for the Happy Planner.


Planner Stickers!! 

Next to Washi, this is the second biggest planner craze right now. It seems like everyone wants to put stickers in their planner. I prefer to stick to functional planning, but I do love adding color and my own personal style to my pages when I can. Stickers is a great way to do this. You can find stickers all over the place: at the Dollar Tree, Target $1 Spot, Etsy, and Craft stores like Michaels & Hobby Lobby. You can also find a slew of free planner sticker printables online and print them at home using sticker paper (this particular item is just a tad over $10, but is a way better deal in terms of value than the alternatives!).


     Honorable Mention:     

 

Decorative Paperclips

Similar to the Ribbon Paperclips I listed above, these are way cuter but admittedly I find them a little fussier to work with. They sorta stick up from the book more than the ribbon ones, which lay completely flat usually, but if that doesn’t bother you, I’d definitely give them a try! I mean look at these- how can you resist?


Planner Discs

Though they’re absolutely essential to my personal planning system, I included them in “honorable mention” for two reasons: 1) If you don’t already have a planner punch, buying just the rings won’t do you any good. 2) I definitely prefer the metallic metal rings to the normal plastic ones, and they run a few dollars over the $10 promised in this post. I have much more to say about planner rings & the disc-bound system, but it’s something that has really transformed my life.


Want to learn more about planners & planning? Sign up for my free beta course called “4 Pillars to Supercharged Productivity” where I’ll spend a whole module helping you set up the perfect planning system for you!

Hopefully, this helped you find a couple new additions for your planner to make it both a functional place to track your goals a plan your time, as well as an uplifting & inspirational record of your life. All these things also make great gifts for your planning/stationary-loving friends!

Your favorite planner inexpensive supply not listed? Tell me below in the comments!

Know Your Productivity Type

Knowing your productivity type can help you prioritize your work so you can achieve the greatest success each day.

Are you the type of task-driven person who cannot stand seeing unchecked boxes on your “to do” list? Or are you driven by deadlines and can’t seem to get started until a hard deadline is looming on your projects? Knowing your productivity type can help you prioritize your work so you can achieve the greatest success each day.

The Four Productivity Styles

In my study, I’ve seen three strong productivity styles that manifest when trying to get things finished. A major personality-test addict myself, I’ve found that knowing the tendencies produced by your personality can often help you understand your own strengths and weaknesses, which can, in turn, help you understand how best you work.

Below are the three Productivity styles I’ve seen, as well as some ideas on how to leverage your personality to achieve the greatest success.

One thing to note: you may find that you don’t fit into a single “type”, and that’s ok. I see a little of each within myself, but I do have a dominant style. One that I relate most to and that most of the characteristics ring true for me. If there are two or more that seem to fit you, pick the one that resonates the strongest, or use tips from both styles.

The Detailer

Detailers are the kings & queens of the to-do list. They have strong goals and know how to achieve the results they’re looking for. They’ll work tirelessly to develop a clear plan of action. They’re the tourist with the 7-page itinerary and walk with a map in their hand- if they haven’t memorized it first.

Strengths:

Detailers thrive on organization, lists and order. They are well aware of upcoming deadlines and will usually have a notebook within arm’s reach, because everything is always written down.

They’re natural “planners” and are spectacular at organizing all the small details that go into a plan. Detailers are goal-driven and always have their life priorities in mind when planning their time.

When a project needs to be planned or organized, the detailer is usually the one to figure it out. Detailers are great at figuring out how to do something, because they understand each individual and separate step.

Weaknesses:

Detailers tend to have a hard time looking at the “big picture” because they get so caught up in the small details. Sometimes perfection-oriented, they’ll tend to waste (er- spend) a lot of time ensuring everything “fits just right”.

They are not very spontaneous, and may struggle with creative thinking or working outside the box. They often have difficulty with flexibility and don’t take change well.

Detailers often prefer to work alone and may find it difficult to contribute in groups because they can struggle with making decisions without adequate time to process the details. They are critical thinkers who analyze each piece before making important decisions, and have a hard time skipping that process.

They can also be hyper-critical of their own thoughts and ideas, analyzing the validity and practicality before fully exploring the possibility.

Tips:

If you’re a detailer, if you stick to your to-do list, you’ll regularly see fantastic results. Dedicate the time necessary to writing out your tasks, goals, and priorities, and the output will be far greater than the time spent. You receive clarity in the process and this will be time well spent.

The Team Player

Team players, also very commonly spectacular leaders, are people that thrive in social situations. They’re outgoing and lively, ambitious and people-oriented. If they were a traveler, they’d much sooner ask every stranger they saw for directions and “secret locations” than read a guidebook or map.

Strengths:

Team Players love working in groups, managing people, and “persuading” others. They work best when surrounded by other people and a fair amount of noise or input.

They are commonly thoughtful and encouraging to others and excel in groups or partnerships. They often make fantastic leaders with their ability to delegate tasks and organize other people and information.

Team Players will quickly take control of a group situation and act as the team cheerleader by encouraging other team members and having a positive attitude about the project at hand.

Weaknesses:

Team Players will cringe at the idea of working alone- they need the personal interaction and thrive in a group setting.

Because of their high social awareness, Team Players can easily get distracted by conversations and can struggle to stay focused on individual tasks.

When not surrounded by people, Team Players will very often find themselves relying on social media for their personal interaction. In small doses this is fine, but if left unchecked, it can very often become a large distraction.

Tips

Listening to a good music playlist can help a Team Player stay focused. It provides the vocal input that they vividly need, while not providing an avenue for conversation or response. It can keep the Team Player engaged in the task in front of them instead of pulling them into all the different directions they’d so love to go.

Social interaction can energize a Team Player. They’ll draw inspiration and motivation from meeting with and talking to others. If you are a Team Player, consider spending some of your working time in a public place such as Starbucks or a Local Park in order to get the most done during the day.

Another great tactic to see positive results is to get others involved. Grab a team (kids, spouse, friends, church group) and as much as you can, delegate every task you don’t need to do yourself. Working alongside others turns the most menial task into a group activity, which is incredibly empowering for a Team Player.

The Visionary

The visionary is a creative soul. They’re motivated by creating, developing their ideas and finding new ways to approach a situation. They are spontaneous and impulsive. When traveling, a visionary will set off for a with no set plan and the attitude of “I’ll figure it out when I’ll get there.”

Strengths & Weaknesses:

A visionary will often be juggling multiple projects at any given time. They will commonly have a hard time keeping interest on only one task at a time, preferring to let their creative mind jump between several things to keep a fresh look on each project.

Visualizers are creative thinkers who welcome change. They are flexible and have no problem adjusting when problems arise.

Visualizers are great at seeing the big picture, and tend to focus on the end result as opposed to the smaller tasks which lead to that end result. If they can work collaboratively with a Detailer, these two can be an unstoppable team, but doing so can prove challenging as they have very different approaches to organizing and task management.

Their workspace (and mind) are seen as cluttered and unorganized, and to someone like a Detailer this can be seen as a major weakness. To the Visionary, it’s a sign of a creative space- a place where “the magic happens”, so to speak. They know what is in each of their “piles” on their desk, and can still find anything they need.

While working with others, Visionaries can let their imaginations run away with them when trying to plan out a project. They’ll have many ideas that the Team Player and Detailers can help formulating into a plan.

Weaknesses:

Though visionaries have a great amount of energy and their creative minds are constantly coming up with new ideas, their fluid nature tends to leave them with a difficulty completing the tasks and projects they start.  

Tips

For Visionaries working alone, batching tasks (doing all repeated tasks at the same time each week) can help balance between keeping a fresh eye and true productivity. Each occurrence will be different enough to still be interesting to the Visionary, but also similar and help establish an efficient workflow.

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The better you understand your productivity type, the more tools you can utilize to maximize your potential and find success in your goals and life desires.

Once you figure out how – and when – you work best, you will be an unstoppable force. You’ll know exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to approach it. You’ll fly through your task list and feel accomplished and empowered!

So what’s your Productivity Style? Download the printable below to take the assessment, then comment below: Is it accurate? Does it give you any ideas on how to leverage your style to get the most done?

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How To: Add a Background to a PDF or Printable

Downloaded that perfect printable but think it’s just a tad boring? Did you know you can add a background to any PDF using Adobe Acrobat in less than 5 minutes? Watch below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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Can’t view the video? Here’s each step as discussed in the video.

STEP 1: FIND YOUR PRINTABLE

Make sure you have the rights to modify printable you’ve selected. If you aren’t sure, always err on the side of caution! Contact the owner of the printable if you don’t know. Most printables you’ve purchased will allow you to make this small adjustment for personal use only, but I’d always contact the seller to be sure. Note: All free B/W printables from my site allow for basic modification for personal use only. If you’d like to try out this tutorial on your own, you can find this printable and many others in the free resource library, which you can access after signing up for the email list.

STEP 2: SELECT YOUR BACKGROUND

Find your desired background image. There are many free & paid places to find digital paper and backgrounds. Spend some time finding a few patterns you really like. If you’re wondering where to find some great resources, I’ve got a whole list here.

STEP 3: PLACE BACKGROUND ONTO PDF PRINTABLE

Open up Adobe Acrobat Pro (not Reader. You must have a subscription to Adobe CC) and click Edit PDF.

Click on the white background to delete.

Click “Add Image” on the ribbon on the top and find your desired background image.

Click somewhere near the top left corner to place your background

STEP 4: ADJUST BACKGROUND

Click on the bottom right corner to adjust the size of the background image. Drag to one side and stretch down, or drag until the background reaches the bottom of the page.

You can click and drag the image anywhere to adjust where it’s placed in comparison to the printable content. For example, if the pattern isn’t showing exactly what you want, you can adjust its placement to see different parts of the background.

STEP 5: REORDER LAYERS

Click off of the image to deselect all elements.

Right-click on the background layer, hover over “Arrange” and click “Send to Back.”

That’s it! You might want to repeat step 4 if the background isn’t placed exactly how you want to. If the colors I like aren’t showing up under the printable the way I like to, I’ll fiddle with it for just a second to get it the way I like it. Feel free play with it until it’s how you want it.

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DIY Planner for Under $5

DIY your own planner for less than $5 with a combination of things you probably already have, free printables, and a quick trip to a discount store.

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Trying to get organized but limited on funds? Have a million random pieces of paper and sticky notes flying everywhere and no system to process them? Did you know you can DIY your own planner for less than $5 with a combination of things you probably already have, free printables, and a quick trip to a discount store? Create your first simple planner in 3 easy steps:

1. COLLECT YOUR ITEMS:

Gather what you already have and make a list of the essentials you need to get started. Don’t go crazy at first! Your primary goal is to create a basic system to keep your notes, responsibilities, and tasks organized to increase your productivity and efficiency. The Dollar Tree is a great place to shop for starter planner supplies. Until you know what kind of system will work for you, I don’t recommend putting a lot of money toward different planners. Here’s my pick of absolute essentials when setting up a planner system for the first time.

BINDER


First, you’ll need something to hold everything together. My recommendation for starting out is a simple 3-ring binder. You probably already have one of these laying around. It doesn’t have to be fancy- a simple one will do! I’d start with about 1-inch if you have one. Pocket folders on the inside covers would nice, but it’s not critical. I do always prefer hardcover since I like the option to use it as a writing surface if necessary. If you don’t have a binder, you can most likely find a super cheap one at the Dollar Tree or another discount store (Walmart/Target for instance.)

PAGE-SIZE

Page-size is a hot topic in the planner world, but I’d recommend starting with standard letter (8 1/2 x 11 inch) until you get more comfortable and know what you want. If you’re looking for a more portable/smaller size, half-letter (5.5 x 8.5 inch) is still pretty uncomplicated, but the starting supplies (binder, paper, pockets/tabs etc…) are non-standard and will be slightly more expensive to start you out. This is a great starting set in half-letter size (AKA “Mini Binder”) for only $10 and includes a binder (though not hard-back, unfortunately), a pocket, divider tabs with pockets and lined paper.

POCKET FOLDER

Especially if you don’t have pockets on the inside of your binder, I find this item to be basically essential. There’s nothing worse than having loose papers fly everywhere whenever you open your planner. I hold a myriad of random notes/scraps of paper that I want to keep with my planner until I can process or file them. Finding a cute pattern or color is also a great way to add some personality to your planner if you are using a plain binder or don’t have a view pocket on the front (or even if you do!)

Your pocket folder will also serve as your “dashboard,” which is a fancy planner-term that just means a place to store stickies or other random notes for later processing.

TABS

Tab Dividers are great for separating & locating separate sections in your planner that you want to use for different purposes. I usually have sections for daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, personal, household, business, tasks, and general notes. You can purchase a cheap set of tabs for $1, but there are obviously many other variations that could cost a bit more.

If you don’t want to purchase a set of tabs, you place a sticky note on any page to make your own tabs. I like these sticky tabs in 1-inch or 2-inch, but any sticky will do. (I love to make my own covers with a pretty art print or just colored paper/cardstock and place it in a clear page protector. You can then put your sticky tab on that if you wanted.)

PAPER & PUNCH

I always keep some blank paper in my planner for quick notes, lists, and ideas etc… I like to keep some lined sheets and some blank, and I know many people like grid paper as well (which I personally don’t do). I found a cute set of designed paper in a pack of 40-sheets at the Dollar Tree. (See photos below.)

Odds are, you probably already have either a 3-hole punch somewhere, or at least a single hand-punch. If not, I know they sell a “single” punch at the Dollar Tree. Either way, I would definitely recommend having a hole puncher of some sort, as this is the easiest way to set up a practically-free planner (by using free printables).

The beauty of using a standard binder is that if you’re really starting out and don’t have a punch, you can purchase a pre-punched pack of basic lined paper for $1, so there’s really no excuse to not have paper in your planner. If I haven’t said it enough, paper is essential for planning!

PENS/PENCILS

I could speak volumes on the different types, variations, colors, and brands of pens you can use for planning, but honestly just start with anything you already have. Of course I have my favorites, but if finding the “perfect” pen is stopping you from getting started, anything will work. When push comes to shove, a pen is really just a pen. (Though I will be the first to admit: not all pens are created equal. But that, my friends, is a topic for another day.)

2. PUT IT TOGETHER:

Now that you have all your materials ready, here’s comes the fun part!

Place your folder & tabs inside the rings in the order you’ll find most useful. I like to have my folder in front, but do what works for you.

Decide on the sections you want and label them. Some great starting sections are: daily, weekly, and monthly schedules, personal, household, business, tasks, and general notes. If you want, you could even get more specific: Meal planning, budget, cleaning schedule, kid’s schedules, personal study, goal planning and/or inspiration. Really the options are limitless here- just decide what you most want to keep track of and create a section. You can always adjust this later! Note: I’ll sometimes just use a sticky on the divider’s front if I’m unsure of how I want to categorize something.

Punch & insert your paper. I recommend having a “notes” tab, but many planners just stick their blank paper in the front or the back and find that quite useful. It’s really up to you.

3. INSERT YOUR FREEBIES:

You could literally spend hours on Google or Pinterest searching for the perfect free printables to start out your planner, but if you want to keep it simple while starting out (which I definitely recommend you doing), I have a whole collection of freebies you can download and print right now.

The pages/layouts I would recommend starting with are: (note: all these pages are available in my free printables library).

YEAR AT A GLANCE

DIY your own planner for less than $5 with a combination of things you probably already have, free printables, and a quick trip to a discount store.

MONTHLY

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WEEKLY

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DAILY

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BRAIN-DUMP

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NOTES – LINED & UNLINED

DIY your own planner for less than $5 with a combination of things you probably already have, free printables, and a quick trip to a discount store.

Don’t forget to Download the Printables

Decide on the printables you want and then print, punch & insert.

Voila! You now have the perfect basic planner that fills all the requirements of a standard organizational system. The really amazing thing is that now, as your needs grow or change, you can update your planner until it’s working exactly the way you like. Remember – it’s easy to get caught up in the “fun” aspects of planning, but always make sure to keep functionality in mind. Anything will work as long as it helps you get & stay productive, organized, and using your time as efficiently as possible. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

A NOTE ON PRODUCT LINKS

*Note: the links to products on this page are to Amazon where I purchase most of my supplies from, and most of the items I link to are above $5. I stand with my belief that you can create a planner for under $5, but these products are going to be much higher quality than items you’ll find at the Dollar Tree, and as planners tend to receive a lot of “abuse” (read: “loving use”), I recommend investing in some quality supplies once you know what your needs are. Until then, while you’re still experimenting and building your “system”,  Dollar Tree supplies work just fine and will help you get started.

Though I link to Amazon products to give you an idea of what to look for, you do not need to purchase the item from Amazon, as you can find almost all these things (or a version of them) at any Dollar Tree or discount store for a $1 or less. 

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