I am a huge (we’re talking cheerleader-with-sparkly-pom-poms level) advocate for investing in services and products that will move your business forward. Because there is nothing I love more than finding the perfect tool for the job.
Purchasing things that help my business run smoother (and help me be more productive) may or may not make me feel like a TOTAL BOSS!!
(I’m just kidding, it definitely does.)
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE THIS YEAR (LIKE RIGHT NOW)
As female entrepreneurs, we purchase A LOT of things (education, software, products, supplies) for our business every year. Some purchases are (always) better than others and I wanted to share the purchases that seriously upped my productivity last year so that YOU can be more productive this year!!
1 | SIMPLIFIED PLANNER
I am completely obsessed with my Simplified Planner! It was THE tool that kept me organized, intentional, and on top of my to-do list every single day in 2016!! The hour-by-hour schedule on each daily page makes block scheduling (my favorite!) super simple to maintain, and I love keeping a list of miscellaneous notes and to-do’s running right alongside it.
(I know that’s a bit expensive for a paper day planner, but I would gladly pay it over and over again!!)
2 | T3 FEATHERWEIGHT HAIR DRYER
You’re probably wondering how the heck a HAIR DRYER of all things made me more productive this year. Well, let me explain:
Drying my hair is HIGH on my list of annoying tasks, especially since I have to do it every day. (I’m unfortunately not one of those girls who can go days without washing their hair. #firstworldproblems) Drying my hair used to take FOREVER, but the T3 Featherweight Hair Dryer has literally CHANGED my morning routine. My hair dries in a THIRD of the time—we’re talking 10 minutes instead of 30 minutes!!
Investment: $200 – $250
(It’s WAY more than I ever thought I’d spend on a hair dryer—and I got it on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale—but it’s truly been a GAME CHANGER!! Plus, I’ve heard people say these things last forever!!! If you’re at all interested in getting one, I’d get on the T3 Newsletter because they have sales all of the time!!)
3 | TK TEE SUBSCRIPTION
My mom got me a year-long TK Tee Subscription for Christmas last year and it was by far my favorite gift. The tees are super soft, true to size, fitted, and seriously, so cute!!
The best part? They go with EVERYTHING!! Dress them up with a tulle skirt and statement necklace or dress them down with jeans and a scarf. Either way, they make getting ready in the morning a total breeze!! I have literally worn these tees 5 out of 7 days EACH WEEK!!!
Investment: $24/month for 12 months // $26/month for 6 months // $28/month for month-to-month // Individual tees in the shop vary
(I already renewed my subscription for this year because these tees have become an essential part of my work from home uniform!! I don’t know how I’ll ever live without them now.)
4 | SC STOCKSHOP
My favorite place for styled stock photography is SC Stockshop. Shay’s attention to detail, talent for styling, and passion for delivering (super) high-quality images is unmatched by any other shop in the industry. I use her styled stock photos on all of my blog graphics, across my entire website, and all over my social media profiles + feeds. It’s so much easier to pop over to her shop when I’m in need of a stock photo than to style and shoot one myself. Every business needs a little SC Stockshop as far as I’m concerned!! 😉
Investment: $49 – $79 per image
(Her stock photos are a bit of an investment, but you can literally use ONE of her images about a hundred different ways—which means more bang for your buck!! And if you know me, you know I’m all about quality over quantity.)
5 | PLANOLY
Planoly is my secret weapon (not so much anymore) for making my Instagram strategy easy, productive, and stress-free. I’ve tried other schedulers, but NOTHING compares to Planoly. I love that I can plan out my feed, move unscheduled posts around, and write out captions all from one little app (which can also be accessed from my computer).
Investment: A solo account is just $7/month billed annually or $9 month-to-month
(My yearly plan is seriously one of the BEST purchases I’ve EVER made!!)
I know investing in your business can be scary, but if it helps your business run smoother, be more efficient, productive, focused, attentive, organized, [insert something else equally awesome and necessary], it’s worth it!!
Here’s to being more productive in 2017!!
Disclaimer: I was not paid or approached in any way to write about these brands or products. All opinions expressed here are simply because I truly and whole-heartedly LOVE them. A few of these links are affiliate links.