Technology Gadgets for Busy Parents
One idea most parents can't relate to is that there are not enough hours in the day for all the things in the "to-do list". Well, technology can help. Here is a list of top 3 gadgets that can help you multitask.
1. VAM by Zinfanite- Many parents ask search for the question, "how to balance work and family?. Looking at your phone once you are home from work can be a trap into the digital world. When you had plans to be more present with your family. VAM can help avoid that. VAM can read you the text message allowed and allows you to answer calls. No screen means no distractions.
2. Robotic Vacuums- A great time saver are robot vacuums. You can use them on a variety of surfaces. Some robot vacuums clean about 95% of sand on test trials. With their popularity rising, there are a variety of options available at different price points.
3. Smart Home Device- Smart home devices have many personal assistant like qualities. For example with Amazon Echo you can set alarms, command them to read the news to your, among other questions. One problem is that you can not command the device if it is not in the same room as you. Yet, VAM by Zinfanite solves that problem. VAM connects to Amazon Echo, so as long as you carry VAM with you you can keep using Alexa.
Time Management Tips for Working Parents
1. Plan - Be realistic about what you can do per day. Try scheduling out what you would like to get done that week. Divide the tasks into two. One are the urgent tasks and the other are the non-urgent. You can use a calendar white board that everyone in your family can see. That way you can also divide tasks for each family member. The white board will serve as a visual reminder, plus it is reusable and you will not have to buy a new one each year.
2. Are you a procrastinator? Victim of saying "I'll do it in 5 minutes" and then waiting again. Use timers for things that you do not want to spend too much time on. For example, social media. On average people in the United States use social media for 2 hours and 3 minutes. That time can be reduced by setting a timer and logging of social media as soon as it rings. This can work for any task you know you shouldn't be spending too much time on.
3. Implement the 2- minute rule. The 2 minute rule states that any task that takes 2 minutes or less gets done as soon as it appears. Many times we have tasks we know will not take long, but we put them aside for later, meanwhile waisting our time doing something else to not do that task we consider tedious. Also, causing stress of the reminder that we have to get that thing done. The 2- minute rule solves that. You get the small task done and now you have saved the time you would have used to procrastinate doing that one small other thing.