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Today. I thought it would be fun to share some tools that simplify my life. These are in no particular order, but all have helped me save some time and sanity in one way or another.
Let’s start with the Google home. I was reluctant to try one of these, but I was able to get one for free through my phone plan. So I decided to give it a try and it turns out I really do enjoy having it!
One reason is because asking it simple questions can keep me off of my phone. I can ask for the time, the weather, and even to play a radio station – which is one of my favorite features.
I can ask simple search questions by voice, which helps me not to get sucked into screen time on my phone. If I do a search on my phone, I tend to think, “Oh well I’ve already got my phone, I’ll just check Facebook as well.” So the Google home has actually helped me more than I imagined.
Next up is Trello. Trello is my favorite digital organizing tool. It’s made up of boards and lists and cards to organize pretty much any area of your life.
I have boards for business and for personal things like home projects and menu planning. There’s really almost no limit to what Trello can do, especially with the different power-ups available.
There is a bit of a learning curve, but there are many amazing resources out there to teach you how to use it. It is definitely worth the effort. Here is the link to my post on Trello to help you get started.
The next couple of items that help me simplify in the kitchen. The first is my slow cooker. I love being able to throw dinner in the slow cooker in the morning and have it ready by dinnertime.
Next is the instant pot. I know I’m still not using this to its full advantage, but I’m starting to experiment with it more and more.
One of my favorite ways to use it is to make potatoes. Whether I make a version of roasted potatoes, baked potatoes or make mashed potatoes, it cooks things so much faster. That is really handy to be able to quickly make dishes that would normally take a lot longer.
Next is my planner. Now, even though I use Trello, I do have to have a paper planner! I’ve been using it Michael Hyatt’s Full Focus Planner and I absolutely love it.
It is on the pricier side, but it helps me stay focused on my goals that for me it is definitely worth it. I also love the weekly review and preview that helps me set my weeks up for success.
And last but not least on my list today is my Kindle. I love my Kindle Paperwhite. It saves me so much room in books since I tend to be an avid reader.
I love it reading and though I still love to read hardbound books, keeping a good amount of books on my Kindle saves a lot of space for us. So I like that I can still read as much as I want without having bookshelves all over my house.
Though there are probably more, those are the main tools that simplify my life a little. As a semi-minimalist, I don’t advocate for buying things you don’t truly want/need. However, if you feel they may be beneficial to your life, I think these products are worth looking into.