Organize Your Hustle!
If your hustle is anything like mine, you need to be on top of your game all day, everyday. I run a photography / web design business, I'm the editor-in-chief here at Lady Hustle, and I am also a nanny. Time is EVERYTHING. And I have discovered that a couple hours of slacking (or a day if I'm feeling extra rebellious) can lead to WEEKS of playing catch up. Luckily, I have found three apps that have completely changed the game for me and my hustle. The key to getting stuff done is only doing what you need to do. We can get fancy and over-achieving later.
I know there are a lot of you iPhone native app supporters out there, and I hear you. I used to be one of you. However, this app will absolutely change your life. Not only is the user interface gorgeous, but it is one of the cleanest, simplest apps out there. You can integrate other apps like Evernote, Office 365, Google Tasks, Asana, and SO MANY MORE! They've even got a sweet keyboard extension you can add to your iPhone keyboard. So when you're texting and setting up a date, you never have to actually leave your thread to pencil your pal in. Aside from being my favorite organizational tool for super serious matters like appointments, client meetings, work, etc. Sunrise is also my favorite tool for reminders. When I want to add something like say, "Game of Thrones" to my calendar, I don't have to go find the GoT schedule and add it one by one to my calendar. I can just go to the list of calendars Sunrise offers, find the HBO network calendar, and click on GoT. I also do this for Grey's Anatomy and Iron Chef. I have so many hustles that I actually have to schedule television into my agenda. Because I'm so busy and such a hustler and such a lady. But we don't have to talk about all the shows I watch. After using Sunrise for over a year and a half, I can promise you it really is the PERFECT calendar. Oh, did I mention it's FREE?
I get a lot of emails. When I say a lot, I don't mean that in an, "Omg I'm so popular and I get so many notifications, but most of them are really spam," kind of way. I mean it in a, "Dang I can't find that Madewell coupon because I have all these client emails in here," sort of way. My favorite email provider is, of course, GMAIL. Not too long ago Google released this app called "Inbox," and it's another game changer. Inbox makes it easy to breeze through your emails, set reminders, snooze emails, and a lot of other cool features. I love how it's clean (if you haven't noticed by now, I'm a huge sucker for great user interface), simple, and easy. An overwhelming inbox can be so discouraging, but you can't get work done if you don't answer emails. In my case, you can't make money if you don't answer emails. If you don't have GMAIL, I get that (not really, but I'll try). You can check out MAILBOX which is another beautiful and efficient app for email. Check out Inbox by Google HERE.
This is probably the most visited app here at Lady Hustle HQ. We use One Note to share article ideas, different documents, interviews, etc. You can create different notebooks, and within that notebook you can create different sections. It's sort of like the prettiest Mead 5 Star notebook you've ever seen. With iPad, desktop, and mobile availability, One note makes it easy for you to organize your thoughts, your documents, and your team. It's accurate, and the quick sync feature also makes your updates ready in real time. Meaning that as I'm typing this draft in One Note, my co-editors can access One Note on their end and see exactly what I'm doing. We can also clip things right off of the web and insert them into One Note with our thoughts. Cool, right? You can keep all of your important documents in ONE place. Less is more, ladies, less is more. If you want to take it up a notch, or aren't really Microsoft fan, I recommend you check out EVERNOTE.
So there you have it. These three apps are the all you'll need to jumpstart your hustle organization, and keep it organized. If you have any apps you'd like to share, leave a comment below! We are always looking for tools we can use to improve our hustles. By the way, if anyone finds an app that does it all for you while you go on a Gilmore Girls binge in your PJ's, let us know ASAP.