Do you ever wonder, “How do they do it all?”

Do you ever wish you could shadow someone successful?

The problem is that many of us are afraid to ask people we admire for their tips or secrets. This series will highlight 4 professionals who are managing it all and maybe it can give you some insight about how to increase your productivity! I will highlight 2 professionals for the next 2 weeks and ask them to share their secrets for success!


Here are the questions they answered:

  1. Can you give us a glimpse into what keeps you busy throughout your day?
  2. What are your favorite productivity hacks? Is there a hack you couldn’t live without?
  3. What is your favorite way to unwind?


Our first interview is with Kelly Wonderlin who expanded her entrepreneurial reach coining the term, “It’s A Wonderful Wonderlin Life” and sharing it with the world on her YouTube channel and blog.  Kelly works in the marketing/advertising/social media space and often partners with brands ranging from small to large as a video correspondent, spokesperson and/or brand rep. She co-owns a sports magazine (Horns Illustrated) and owns her lifestyle blog ( Kelly is a busy full-time mom, step-mom and wife who aims to achieve balance with her professional and family life.


Kelly checks on her 10-month old daughter 2-3 times a night so she hardly sleeps. She starts her day at 6:00am when her daughter wants a bottle. She works full time with both of her companies and has her 6-year-old step son and daughter at home this summer.

Kelly says that she couldn’t live without coffee and note pads.  She HAS to have her coffee first thing in the morning or she doesn’t function. I totally agree Kelly!  Notepads are great for quick thoughts and she likes having her notepad in front of her for daily reminders. Kelly also likes seeing her words and ideas on paper!

She commented that she prefers to unwind with baths, watching T.V. shows or movies and a glass of wine.


Our second interview features Kathy, who runs her online jewelry company, SHINYMIX, with her husband while maintaining a full-time job in Manhattan. Her experience as a photographer makes her a triple threat as she also manages the marketing side of her business.

Kathy has a full time job and runs her business on the side. Once she’s done with her 9 to 5, she is up until midnight focusing on her company, SHINYMIX, whether, it’s PR, marketing, shooting new products or responding to customers and others. She says it may sound crazy, but she loves being busy because it’s what keeps her motivated. Kathy says that hopefully one day SHINYMIX will be the only thing she’ll be focusing on.

Waking up early is the best, according to Kathy. She gets more things done in the morning and of course it’s a must that she has coffee to get her day going. She always checks her phone in the morning and states that her iPhone calendar is her savior! It helps keep her organized and allows her to jot down her daily tasks.

Her favorite thing to do to unwind is to have a nice dinner at a café, walk around the city afterwards and truly enjoy her surroundings. Kathy says she acts like a tourist in her own city and appreciates the scenery that’s around her.


One of the purposes of this post is to show that successful people aren’t drinking a magic juice that makes their lives seem more amazing (although I can vouch for coffee being filled with magic).

They work towards their passion.

They wake up and keep going.

Their hacks are like little assistants who help them get the job done.

Next week’s post will provide some more tips from busy professionals who also keep their eyes on the prize with the help of productivity hacks!!

Do you feel like you need a boost professionally or personally? Could you benefit from changing up your productivity routine?