Armed with an obsessive love of color-coding and all things related to organization, I’m on a mission to help you maximize efficiency in your business and life so you can spend time on what matters most to you.
Equally right and left-brained, I’m that unique business owner who can think like a creative, but act like an administrator. This blog is where you’ll see me bring that dual-brained magic to life, taking the left-brain side of life and breaking it down for your right-brained self.
Y’all… it’s 2019! Can you believe it??
This year has absolutely flown by, but I am super excited for all the incredible things in store!
I’ve got lots of content ideas up my sleeve for you in this new year, but before we jump into all that goodness… how about we look back on the best of the blog from 2018??
Last year was my first full calendar year in business, which means it was the first full year of the blog, too!
Y’all clearly had some favorite topics that I shared about, which I have definitely taken note of when it comes to content planning for the new year.
So let’s jump right into it. Your favorite posts of 2018 were…
There are a few things I talk about a lot because my life would be way less organized and way more stressful without them. One of those is, of course, the Simplified Planner.
In this post, I share the five main reasons I love the Simplified Planner and 2019 will be my fifth year using it!
If you’ve been considering joining the SP family, but still trying to figure out what makes this one so great, then this is the post for you!
P.S. It’s not too late to join the SP family in 2019! There are still two daily editions (including my choice for the year… mint pineapple!) and three weekly editions available! So get off that fence and hop to it!
This post was actually written near the end of 2017, but y’all were still major fans of it in 2018!
In it, I share how I organize and manage my inbox for Love & Spreadsheets. The hope is to give you a starting point for figuring out how to potentially organize and manage your own inbox and hopefully get you to inbox zero every single week!
It’s no surprise that this is one of y’all’s favorite posts from the year, because it’s an area where there’s a lot of confusion in the online business world!
Outsourcing is a necessary step for nearly every business owner at some point, but there’s a lot of confusion about who you should be outsourcing to because there’s a lot of confusion about what different roles are out there.
In this post, I break down the main differences between two outsourcing roles with a whole lot of confusion — virtual assistants and online business managers.
In fact… there was so much confusion, I spent the first 8 months of my business calling myself a creative assistant, all the while basically acting like a business manager!
It’s no secret around here that I love Trello. And it’s also no secret around here that I kind of have a thing for spreadsheets. (I mean… it’s literally in my name.)
I use both of these incredible tools all the time in my business and I regularly work with clients to do the same. But if you’re not super familiar with one or both of these tools, you may be wondering when you should be using Trello, when you should be using spreadsheets, and when you should be using both.
In this post, I break down several areas of business where Trello shines, where spreadsheets shine, and where the two in tandem become a force to be reckoned with.
As businesses grow, so do the needs of your inbox. You might start off with just one email address, but once you launch a shop or a course or bring on an assistant, additional email addresses become a necessity.
But no one wants to be hopping back and forth between 2, 3 or more inboxes a day… am I right?
Which is why, in this post, I break down the super simple way to manage multiple email address in one Gmail inbox without going totally bonkers.
The nature of online business is that there are a lot of moving parts. When you add life to that — especially if you’re a mompreneur — things can feel out of control super fast.
In this post, I share a simple, five-step process to take you from super stressed to super organized in both your life and your business using my favorite project management tool, Trello.
Content marketing is obviously a big part of the Love & Spreadsheets business plan and, chances are, it’s a fairly big piece of your marketing pie as well.
Now, you might not be writing blog posts on the regular, but it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re creating guides, send out newsletters, posting on social media, making videos, recording podcasts… or maybe even all of the above!
Trello is my absolute favorite tool for planning and managing content. In fact, it’s all I used it for for the first couple of years!
In this post, I share how you can use Trello’s visual system to easily track all of your content from the moment an idea pops into your head until it’s released to the public for consumption.
I’m starting to sense a theme here, y’all…
One of the best things I did for my business in 2018 was create an operations manual for it in Trello. It’s a board I refer to practically every single day and it has saved me so much time this year.
In this post, I share what a business operations manual is, why it’s important (even for solopreneurs like myself), and how to go about creating one for your own business that’s detailed, robust, and super easy to update and manage.
P.S. This topic and so much more (including content & general business/life management) is covered even more in-depth in Trello Like a Boss: The Ultimate Trello Course for Every Female Entrepreneur’s Business & Life. If you’ve been loving the Trello blog content this year and are ready to up your game in 2019, we’d love to have you join the crew!
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live my life on accident. When I get to the end of it, I want to know I lived it with intentionality and I accomplished things that matter.
For the last four years, the Simplified Planner from Emily Ley and the Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters have helped me do just that. With these tools in hand, I’ve made more progress toward goals, both big and small, in the last four years than ever before.
In this post, one of my personal favorites from 2018, I share how you can use these two incredible tools to do the same for yourself — turn “someday” into “today” and reach your goals.
Anyone else sensing another pattern here? Y’all clearly love Simplified Planner content just as much as Trello!
Other than Trello, the Simplified Planner is hands down my favorite tool for organizing both my business and my life. It is the linchpin to my analog systems and there’s stuff recorded in my SP that doesn’t show up anywhere else. I would truly be at a loss without it.
For anyone new to the Simplified Planner family (or just looking for inspiration on how to more effectively use it in the new year!), this post breaks down exactly how I use my Simplified Planner, from the initial set up all the way down the daily nitty-gritty… and it’s been updated for some changes I’m making in 2019!
Well, what did you think? Did any of the top 10 posts surprise you? What were some of your favorite blog posts that didn’t make the list for the year? And what would you like to see more of here on the blog in 2019? Sound off in the comments and let me know!
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