Sunday, June 25, 2017

5 Must Try Productivity Hacks and Tools



         For this week's girl boss post I thought I would share with you some of my latest game-changing productivity hacks. These tools and hacks have made a huge difference in my content and most importantly, my sanity. 


       Be prepared to have your world rocked when you pair a timer with time blocking.  Prior to time blocking I found myself scattered, always starting projects but never finishing them, frustrated and overwhelmed. 

        Trying to care for my son while working and taking care of the house was too much to do at all at once. Caring for David and my work are both things that require individualized attention. Don't get me wrong, there are still times I multi-task. But when I am working on big projects or having playtime with David I make sure to schedule time just for those particular activities a.k.a assigning them a time block.   

             See Sample Day Here: 



         Time blocking is amazing all on its own but when it is done in conjunction with a productivity timer, wholly molly, here comes Mrs. Productive! When combined, you become more aware of your time and use it wisely. You know not to get side tracked because this is the only allotted time you will have for this particular task and don't stress about the other things because you know that they have their own place and time in your schedule. Game. Changer.

              There are many productivity timers on the market like the one shown below but I just personally use the timer on my Apple watch. The key is to make it as easy as possible for you in order for you to carry through with this every single day. Once you've created the habit, you will be hooked. 



        Have you ever felt so overwhelmed with things you had to do that you decided to forgo doing anything? Yep, I've been there. This To Do System was developed out of sheer overwhelm and being paralyzed without being able to do a single thing. I'm proud and happy to say that this system has completely changed my life and I do not suffer from overwhelm paralysis anymore. 

      The key to the Ultimate To Do System is to break your tasks down into three sections: Master, Weekly, and Daily. 

Step 1:  Master To Do List   
Perform a brain dump with all of your tasks and denote each one with one to five stars, five stars being of highest priority. 
Step 2: Weekly To Do List 
Pick a day to plan your week in advance. On your specified date, pick at least three things with high priority from your Master To Do list and place them in your Weekly To Do List.   
Step 3: Daily To Do List 
Take 5 minutes before you start your day to organize your tasks. Look at your weekly to do list and ask yourself which of the high-priority items you can achieve that day. You have seven days to complete at least three high-priority items and the remained for other tasks on your list. 

      This process might seem tedious but it has been an absolute game changer and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who has struggled with task overwhelm. 





        I am traditionally a paper planner girl but I have been obsessed with Apple's iCal app (Google Calendar is an almost identical dupe). I love that I can color code calendar entries for my son, husband, work, and personal life. I still keep my paper planner so I love printing out my day and inserting a hard copy into my planner. 

     This has been a total game changer as I can share pertinent calendar entries with my husband or other people as long as I have their email address. Every entry syncs with my phone, computers, and iPad so there is no need to enter things multiple times. Total game changer!  







      Now, this might be totally mental, but I swear that applying this particular essential oil before doing any work has increased my productivity ten-fold. It is a blend of different essential oils targeted towards the solar plexus chakra. Without getting to woo-woo, the solar plexus chakra is said to govern willpower and achievement. 

     The blend comes in a roller ball which I like to apply to my wrists and neck every morning. Like I said, this could totally be a placebo effect but it totally works for me and it's worth me doing time and time again. 


Tool # 5: Bluetooth Headphones

      I had to include my Bluetooth headphones in today's post. They are an absolute necessity when it comes to focused work.  My headphones enable to tune out any external noise and help me tune into the task at hand. Not only do I use them for focused work, I also use them to multi-task. I love to listen to audiobooks or podcasts while I clean or workout. This enables me to stay on top of my reading lists and makes me feel a million times more productive.  



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Saturday, June 24, 2017

❤ FREEBIE Friday❤ Weekly 'To Do' Focused Inserts (Double Sided)

 To Do Focused Weekly Inserts - Double Sided! www.MalenaHaas.com


     Happy Freebie Friday y'all! I've been trying a new weekly layout that is focused around my To Do list and I am LOVING IT!  This fresh new take on weekly inserts has me being so much more productive.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Glowing Summer Beauty Routine and Giveaway!



           Welcome to this week's beauty post. It is a very, very, very exciting post because it contains a giveaway to some of my all time favorite beauty products. In today's blog post I go through all of my favorites in order to achieve a beautiful and healthy summer glow. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

❤ FREEBIE Friday❤ June AND July Goal Getter Inserts!



      Happy Freebie Friday! I seriously can't even with how amazing this week's freebie turned out. I wanted new monthly inserts for myself and decided to turn them into productivity tools. Might as well, right? My monthly inserts are bullet journal inspired and are a sure-fire way to help you get your butt into gear, if it isn't already ;)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Last Minute Father's Day Gifts


Last Minute Father's Day Gift Ideas With Fast Delivery

       It's Father's Day week already?!?! Admittedly, I am behind on the preparation bandwagon. In my defense, it was my birthday last weekend and I'm still basking in all the pampering from my family and friends. Are you behind on your shopping too? In today's post I will be sharing some last minute gift ideas, all which can be delivered within two days or less of ordering. Score!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

How I Whiten My Sensitive Teeth At Home - Birthday Month Giveaway!


How I Whiten My Coffee Stained Sensitive Teeth At Home


      I am so excited to share this week's beauty post with you! With Summer right around the corner, I have been trying to get my mommy groove back. If you follow me on Snapchat you know I have been trying multiple beauty products such as self-tanners, firming lotions, and teeth whitening products