Helpful Links for the Productivity-Challenged (Coffee Sips and Lovely Links)

Friday, February 3, 2017

As I glance at my planner and think through my day, I often realize that I have spent hours "working", yet nothing checked off my list. Perhaps it was the 20 times I checked my email, or the two hour conversation I had on Facebook chat, but somehow the work is still left undone, it's 11pm, and I have to be up for work at 6 in the morning.

Does this sound familiar? 

I find myself in this situation far more frequently than I care to admit, and I always SAY that I am going to correct it. And I may do better for a week or so, but then guess what- I suddenly go back to my lifestyle of procrastination, killing time, and falling behind in almost every aspect of life!

And yesterday when I shared my problem with time management on Instagram, it seemed that many of you share the same sad, dark plight. 

But fear not! If you can relate, then today's post is perfect for you, because I am sharing a few helpful links for aiding you (and me) with better time management skills.

7 Surprising Time Management Secrets- I think #4 is one of the most difficult for me to follow.

I have been very slowly taking Ruth Soukup's course on productivity and it is fantastic. But since I cannot provide that course for you for free, I found a blog post about time management that she wrote. It's called How to Take Back Your Time in Just 5 Simple Steps. Enjoy!

Erin of Very Erin has an awesome list of tools for productivity for bloggers, creatives, and entrepreneurs. Check out 7 Tools and Resources to Increase Productivity.

"We are really good at being busy, but we are really bad at being productive". Couldn't agree more OR wondering what the point is? Check out Erica's post, 8 Productivity Hacks to Totally Transform Your Day.

These ladies all have some great productivity and time-management tips to share, so I hope that these resources will encourage you in a productive direction! Being productive and good with our time is not easy, but if we want to advance, grow, and become the peculiar treasures we were created to be, then it's important that we work on this area since it affects so many other aspects of our lives.

Is time management and/or productivity something you struggle with? Why or why not? Comment below.


  1. Don't feel I struggle but could always willing to learn and try something new to make my life easier and better.

  2. Oooo I like these links! I get in weird moods where I can be productive but sometimes I'm no where near it. I need to focus!

  3. Thank you for thse links! I often have days where I feel productivity challenged and I am very interested in helpful tips!

  4. Oh, many thanks for these links! I needed something like this!

  5. I too find myself "working" but have not crossed off nearly as many things as I needed to. I will have to check out these posts!!

  6. Ugh, that is so hard sometimes, and is SO true. It takes me a long time to grade papers sometimes, which is frustrating, but often necessary. Thanks for the links!

  7. Hi, Kristin. Boy, do I struggle with this. It's funny though because as a virtual assistant, I keep clients on task in order to complete their projects. For me, it's another story.

    I just read a post today on Asian Efficiency - the average worker spends 6.3 hours a day checking email. ☹ Yikes, huh?

    I use tools to help manage my time like extensions on Chrome. I still, like you, go back into the old habit of being busy and accomplishing very little.

    I guess this is why I'm a fan of productivity blogs...

    Shared this on Pinterest and StumbleUpon for you.

    Enjoy your weekend,


  8. Definitely a struggle for me! I become really fixated on a task and it's hard for me to pull away.

  9. Even though Im a pretty productive person by nature I always love finding new tips. Checking these out!

  10. I don't usually struggle with productivity, but I'm definitely willing to check out these resources. After all, there's always room for improvement!

  11. Great round up of productivity links! I normally am pretty good with motivating myself but always good to have some extra tips handy!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  12. Great post! I find that when I don't get myself up and moving first thing in the morning I am less productive. If I get up before the kids are awake and get dressed I achieve so much more. Love the links!