Productivity Class

It can be hard out there. This offering is all about making adulthood easier. A Huffington Post article called Saya “Chicago’s productivity-guru” and she was included in the Gmail Genius series.

She shares an overview of numerous resources (mostly tech-based) that she uses on regular basis to maintain organization, frugality, and efficiency, along with tips and insight, to give you a starting point to deciding which tools to further investigate and incorporate into your own life. This class is not about learning the ins and outs of specific tools, but about someone else narrowing the overwhelming field of options and presenting her best-practices and favorites for you to choose which you’d like to learn on a deeper level.

Class is lecture-style structured, with the focus being on the teacher sharing knowledge rather than on interactions between students.


"Great class! Saya is very friendly and efficient and covered a lot of different tools and apps to help you save time. I love that most of what she recommended were free apps (some with paid upgrades), and she also talked about systems and concepts that could apply with or without the specified tool. The Mac and Cheese studio is also super comfortable and cozy. I took this class on a Saturday and stayed at home that night to start implementing some of the tools I was excited about. I'd definitely recommend this class if you are an app- or tech-leaning person (or want to be more of one!)"
"Saya is so knowledgeable on tips, tricks, & apps to save time. I left full of ideas and things to try to make my life more efficient using the latest technology!"
"Do it. Even if you only learn one thing, do it. Saya is a productivity master. I thought that a lot of the information she shared was perhaps not so useful for my work situation. However, after getting to work on Monday (class was the Saturday prior), I realized how relevant so much of it is."
"Saya Hillman's class on Productivity was top notch! She took what could have been several weeks of material and was able to condense it into a very informative and eye opening four hour course. I walk away with a number of new tools that I am implementing right away. Totally recommend this course!"
"If you've ever wondered how to clean up your email, use technology as a supportive tool to help you be organized, efficient, work smarter, and have more fun while getting things done, then TAKE THIS WORKSHOP! Saya is AMAZING and this workshop is worth far more than the cost! And, if you like meeting new people and learning about trying new things/exploring the city/changing your career/reimagining your life, I cannot recommend Saya's Mac and Cheese Productions events! I've been to several, and all are top notch. Saya is a rockstar!"
"This was a tremendous class. Saya Hillman covers so much material in an easy to understand format. It's so clear and so beautiful in its simplicity. I learned everything from managing email to To Do lists to databases to spreadsheets to scheduling to managing reading material to security tools to YOU NAME IT. The amount of information is deep and intense, but all easy to follow and she provides you resources to fall back on once the class is over. Well worth your time. It will definitely make you more efficient and productive."
"This class was so incredibly useful. I am a solo entrepreneur who works from home and is trying to do a million different tasks as I build my business. I know that I can be more efficient in my systems - and this class showed countless ways that I can be just that. I am not very technically inclined and am sometimes skeptical or even scared of technology that I haven't used. I was introduced to so many helpful tools in this class that I can't wait to utilize. Four hours might sound like a long time for this topic, but it absolutely flew by. I was actually bummed when class was over because I wanted to learn more. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to get more done with greater ease."
"I thought I was organized. SAYA IS ORGANIZED. She breaks down her system of the best apps, tools and tricks in this incredibly productivity hack class. I'm already implementing nearly all of the recommended tools and have streamlined my productivity, increased my efficiency and eliminated time-wasters from my every day. Loved this class and Saya. Highly recommended!"

Areas of focus

Big picture philosophies and nitty gritty specifics when it comes to:

  • email 
  • digital organization 
  • to do list 
  • calendar 
  • automation & efficiency
  • security

Saya has run a successful business since 2004, filled with event curation, keeping track of and adhering to deadlines, wrangling thousands of people, being laid-back yet professional, traveling the frugal path, and wearing many hats, which she has managed to do while keeping her sanity and with a smile on her face. It CAN be done!


What to bring

A laptop/tablet is VERY useful but not mandatory. Note-taking materials strongly suggested, there is A LOT of info covered. Lunch/snack for yourself if you feel you’ll get hungry (eating during class a-ok!).


Mac & Cheese Productions℠ is located in Wicker Park, near Ashland and Division. Exact address sent upon registration.


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