Tackling the Chores You Hate the Most


I’ve always HATED doing laundry. I hated it so much my husband and I have tried out multiple different laundry services over the past years. One of those included a wash-and-fold pick-up and drop-off service and another involved dropping off your laundry in a locker. All the services cost us about $80 a month! A big part of why I hated doing laundry was because we lived in an apartment… Continue Reading

The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Constantly Get Promoted


In a previous post, I talked about how one of my goals for the month of January was to lock in a promotion that my boss had promised me in the summer of last year. I didn’t achieve that goal then, but I’m happy to report that I did accomplish it in February! I got promoted to Senior Technical Program Manager, which came with added responsibility and a nice pay raise.… Continue Reading

A Favorite Analog Tool: Midori Traveler’s Notebooks


 Most of my productivity tools are apps and cloud-based tools that allow me to have everything I need even while on the go. I do still like to use analog tools from time to time just because it’s fun and sometimes putting pen to paper can be really motivating and stimulating. I got really into Midori Traveler’s Notebooks early last year. They are basically pieces of leather with an elastic… Continue Reading

Salary Negotiation Tips

Close-up of a contract and glasses

I am really big on negotiating salaries. I once read that it’s the most money you’ll make in the shortest amount of time, and I strongly stand behind that. A 10-minute conversation can mean an extra ten thousand dollars in your pocket–cheesy but true. My Negotiating Journey I got my first opportunity to test my negotiating skills when I was 21 and first entering the corporate world. I had two job… Continue Reading

Never Forget Another Birthday Gift Again


March is a birthday-filled month for us for some reason. I recently purchased five gifts for friends’ and friends’ kids’ birthdays. My productivity trick for never forgetting to buy birthday gifts is simply setting up recurring scheduled tasks in my to-do list app, Things. A lot of people use calendar events to remind themselves that they need to get birthday gifts. This isn’t a horrible idea, but I personally don’t like… Continue Reading

The Hunt for the Best Free iOS Calendar App


Image from Tempo So the other day something horrible happened. My work calendar stopped being pulled in by my iPhone calendar app, Tempo. So I deleted it, thinking I could just reinstall. When I went into the App Store to re-download Tempo, it was nowhere to be found. I Googled a bit and found out that the app got bought by Salesforce last summer. Tempo was the best free iOS… Continue Reading

Monthly Book List: February 2016


Books I Read in February Title Author My Rating Goodreads Rating 1 The Five People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom 3.89 2 Dark Places Gillian Flynn 3.91 3 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think Laura Vanderkam 3.64 4 Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time Jeff Sutherland 4.20 5 You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living… Continue Reading