Maria Menounos
Girl Crush: Maria Menounos

Tech-free organization

If you and your smartphone are currently at wits-ends, it may be time to go back to the basics. When it comes to keeping life organized, our February Girl Crush, Maria Menounos, doesn't need techy gadgets or apps. Instead, she relies on her black book! Get inspired by Maria's time management secret, and simplify your life with a tech-free solution.

Maria has found that technology doesn't always simplify things. In fact, it can sometimes bog you down. With all the alerts popping up on your phone, it can be difficult to focus on the task at hand. That's why we love simple time-management tips that embrace the power of the pen!

Cross it off

Oddly enough, writing down daily tasks and crossing them off as you go can give you satisfaction. While smartphones are handy when you need a quick list or an urgent reminder, planning ahead for your daily tasks is much easier when using a planner. Plus, writing things down helps you to keep important items fresh in your mind.

Convenience is key

If your little ones have drained the battery of your smartphone by playing their favorite games, then a calendar app might not be reliable. Having your list of errands ready is a must, and luckily there are pocket planners small enough to slip right inside your purse. When you have too much going on to remember what’s next, a handy notebook is a like a friend who never leaves your side!

Our top picks

Daily Planner Box Set

Daily Planner Box Set

This fun box-set comes with 12 individual planners with individual colors, and a number for every month of the year. Each planner comes with a quick-view yearly calendar and extra pages for notes. Every month brings a new color, keeping your schedule fresh, and giving you something to look forward to.

2013 Daily Planner Box (Moleskine, $40)

The Do It All Mom Planner

The Do It All Mom Planner

This planner is perfect for the busy mom as she plans for her own life and her family’s life, too. It comes fully packed with tear-off sheets for making those to-do lists, and has a week-per-spread view that is divided to help organize your days by task, time, and even your childen’s schedule.

2013 Do It All Mom Planner (Orange Circle Studio, $15)

Fashion Organizer Agenda

Fashion Organizer

Have you ever had a planner give you fashion advice and beauty tips? This planner not only organizes your hectic schedule, it keeps you looking good while doing it! The fashion agenda is even filled with motivational thoughts to keep you going throughout the day. Plus, students can keep track of important assignments and due dates.

Day Planner Fashion Organizer (Plan-it-Planners, $12)

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Comments on "Maria Menounos’ time management secret"

Tiffany February 01, 2013 | 2:02 PM

Love this! I agree - technology is great but there's really nothing like an old fashioned list to prioritize and get things done. Each day, I write down my tasks and cross them off as I go. It ensures EVERYTHING I need to get done gets done.

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