If you thought I dropped off the face of the earth, you may be right. November slammed me. In a good way, but I was ill-prepared to manage it. It’s getting better, which is why I’ve dropped by to say hello!
What happened? I picked up a new client, which was wonderful. It’s a brand I care for deeply and am enjoying managing their social media accounts. They are dream clients in that they allow me to do my job and don’t micromanage every last thing. On top of that, I was in the middle of an online class, which was taking up much more time than I expected. I finished that last week, and now am getting my life and business back in order. Whew.
The last few weeks left me thinking a lot about where I want to go with this blog. I thought I had a direction when I started (mid life lifestyle), but then wasn’t very happy with it once it was executed. I started thinking it might transition into food, which I love, but that is time consuming as well. So, I’m going to take the rest of the month to strategize a direction.
But between life in general, classes and my professional life, there have been some amazing apps and websites that have helped me keep the balls in the air when I thought they would come crashing down on me. My favorites are below:
- Evernote – how many ways do I love Evernote? I can’t even begin to tell you. I have this app installed on all my devices – laptop, iPhone & iPad, and I use it every. single. day. In fact, I just upgraded to the Pro plan for more storage. As a social media manager, I am always looking for content to share for my clients. I use the web clipper to bookmark pages directly into notebooks that I have set up in Evernote, which saves them for sharing at a later time. I keep track of recipes I want to try, blog post ideas (for myself, and clients), restaurants I want to try and travel notes. Everything is organized into notebooks, and some notebooks are organized into stacks (for related material). It’s seriously a lifesaver.
- Pocket is another web clipper, and I use it mainly to save blog posts that I read in my reader (coming up below), so I can go back at a later time and read them more thoroughly and bookmark and/or save to Evernote if necessary. This also syncs among devices.
- Dropbox is basically an online sharing site, and also a computer backup, storage & retrieval site. I use it mainly to store photos and images for myself and clients, and I can share files with clients through a link. When shared, they only see the file shared and nothing else. This also syncs among devices.
- Feedly is a news/blog aggregator – which means it compiles news feeds from various sites and allows the user to organize them into folders for reading. I use this to read the 2 million blogs I subscribe to.
- Bloglovin is another news/blog aggregator, and does the same thing as Feedly. Why do I have two feed aggregators? Because I use them for different sources of material. I use Feedly mainly for Lifestyle/Beauty/Fashion & Food. I use Bloglovin for business/social media & marketing. Yes, I could make my life simpler and use just one, but then I’d see so many unread feeds that I would fall into the abyss of overwhelm.
- Google Drive has become my best friend. I use the Calendar for my social media client posts, and Docs and Sheets to keep track of stats & insights, lists and codes.
- Google Photos is something new for me and I’m trying to use it more. You get free unlimited photo storage, so it’s a great place to back up your images. Plus, you can retrieve them from anywhere.
Yes, there is a lot of overlap here, but as mentioned; I use different apps for different things – that’s my system, and it works for me. I like that all of these are available on all my devices and I can be anywhere and have access to them. The key to being productive, I’ve found, is finding what works for YOU. There are blog posts galore on productivity and free templates for everything. They don’t do you any good if they aren’t tailored to your specific need, and most of them aren’t. You have to find what works for you, tailor it to your needs and run with it.