Being a mom means being busy, and that applies whether you go out to work or stay at home. There’s never enough time to do the dozens of things that need doing, and that’s not forgetting those things that you do just to stay sane and avoid the dreaded mommy burnout. And don’t forget to include daily playing and bonding sessions with your kids on top of everything else.
All in all, every mother out there knows what it’s like to wish there were a few more hours in the day. Sadly, we can’t make that happen. But there is some smart advice which can help you to save some of that precious time.
1. Start riding instead of running
For some reason when people talk about cool gadgets which can help moms to save time they tend to focus on kitchen appliances, as if there’s nothing in our lives except cooking. Whilst it is true that modern tech can be a great help, there are also many recipes for delicious and quick meals you can make with only a sheet pan and an oven.
However, some gadgets can make a huge difference not only for your own time management but also your budget and the planet. Personal mobility gadgets are at the top of that list.
As a busy mom, you definitely don’t have the time to walk when running errands. Driving is the solution for many, but a lot of us live under budget limitations or in places where the traffic makes it rather hard to get to some places.
An electric scooter is an easy solution to this. It might not go as fast as your car and won’t be the ride you would choose if you need to go a long way out of town. However, when running errands in your neighborhood it is a fantastic option which saves time and gas. The abundance of different models can be confusing, but you should be able to choose wisely using a detailed guide to electric scooters which compares all the top models and explains every feature. This will help you determine which of the many versatile modern scooters will suit your own personal needs best. Many of them are very affordable, so anyone can buy one with a minimal amount of budgetary planning.
2. Stop multitasking
Think multitasking helps you to get more things done?
Well, time-management experts like James Clear say the exact opposite is the case. This is because multitasking means that you aren’t focusing on the specific task at hand. Thus your productivity goes down, and there’s a bigger risk of making a mistake. For a mom, those mistakes can be anything from mixing up times in your kids’ football training schedule to forgetting the dinner that’s in the oven, to messing up a report at work and thus having to stay late to fix it.
All in all, such issues can range from mildly irritating to life threatening. Therefore, you should stop multitasking not only to save time by completing every individual task more quickly because you are focused, but also to avoid potentially bigger problems.
3. Socialize during mealtimes
Can’t find the time to meet up with friends? It can be extremely hard to free up an afternoon or even a couple of hours during weekends. However, socialization is imperative for sanity and for happiness – science says so.
So do your best to socialize during mealtimes. After all, this is the time when others should be doing the same thing, so you only need to make sure you are at the same location and it will be much easier to fit meetings into your busy schedule.
Also, if being busy leads you to the bad habit of grabbing a sandwich and eating on the go, turning your quick meals into friendly catch-up sessions will have a positive impact upon your health. And you definitely should turn your family meals into more than just meals. Turn off the TV and drop your smartphone and tablet and enjoy instead a discussion of your day, your goals, or your dreams – or even the latest Netflix show. Never miss out on an opportunity to bond.
4. Make your home smarter
Electric scooters are great, but they aren’t the only gadgets that can help to you save time while improving your life overall. Turning your house into a smart home will assist in this endeavor just as much. There are a great number of gadgets that can help you, including:
- Smart sprinklers
- Roombas (smart robotic vacuums)
- Smart plugs
- Smart locks and security systems
- Smart lights and thermostats
Not all of these will save you time directly, for example the seconds you save opening the door with a key or a smartphone app don’t really make much of a difference. However, having an opportunity to lock the door from a distance will help you if you forgot to do it as you left as you won’t need to waste your time going back. This is why smart plugs are a godsend for anyone who has ever forgotten to unplug the iron.
Smart sprinklers and vacuums, on the other hand, will help save time and generally make your life easier. As tech continues to evolve, there will be more devices which will be able to improve your home.
About the Author
Bio: Kate Bregovic is a wife, mother, freelance writer and fitness enthusiast. She covers many topics – from business management trends to fitness regimes. When she’s not writing, she’s planning outdoor activities for her family, cooking or working out at the gym. Follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mrs.kate.bregovic
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