The Productive Woman | Productivity, Time Management, and Organization for Busy Women
About This Show
A podcast intended to help busy women find the tools and the encouragement to manage their lives, their time, their stress, and their stuff so they can accomplish the things that matter most to them.
Most Recent Episode
Small Tasks That Will Set You Up for Success – TPW123
< 1 day ago
In this episode we talk about 14 simple things--small tasks that will take half an hour or less--that you can do this week (or next!) to simplify your life and set yourself up for a great year.
Small Tasks, Big Results
We often talk about setting and achieving big goals as part of making a life that matters. Goal-setting is important (and we'll be talking about it in an upcoming episode), but there are also small tasks we can accomplish in 15-30 minutes that can reap big dividends in the coming year.
Strengthen Your Infrastructure
1. Change some of your passwords.
Just imagine the time you'd lose if you were to be hacked. Changing some of your most important passwords occasionally as experts recommend, and making sure that they are strong, will give you peace of mind. Passwords for accounts where sensitive information is stored (online banking, Amazon, email, etc.) are most important.
Since it's nearly impossible to remember many different complex passwords, use a password manager to generate and securely store your passwords. I personally use LastPass. Other great options include 1Password and Dashlane. PC Mag has published a chart comparing the best password managers of 2017. Find a password manager that you like and use it!
2. Make sure you have a good backup system for your computers.
We store so many important documents on our computers: family records, important receipts, family photos. What if the unthinkable happens, and your hard drive crashes and cannot be repaired? What if a tornado hits your house, or you just spill your Diet Coke? Either way, all your important data could be gone if your computer isn’t properly backed up.
There are several options for computer backup. Perhaps the easiest is just purchasing an external hard drive that you can hook to a computer’s USB port. You can buy these on Amazon for less than $100. Consider a cloud backup service as well. I use Backblaze and CrashPlan. These s