Before I became a parent, I was already like every other American with a busy schedule of some sort. I was finishing up my master’s degree, working, and doing my internship. Although, I had a full schedule, it was nothing compared to how busy I would become once I became a parent. And thank goodness I finished my master’s degree and internship by the time I gave birth to my child. Otherwise, I honestly can say I would never have been able to do it all. If you are a parent who desperately needs to save time so you can relax or get things done, you’re not alone. Although, parenting is crazy busy, there are time saving hacks that you can use so you don’t feel like pulling out your hair every minute. Keep reading if you want to learn more about time saving hacks for busy parents.
Time Saving Hacks For Busy Parents
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Are you somebody who does all of their shopping in -person? If so, consider doing some of your shopping online. Doing online shopping will eliminate the time you take to drive back and forth to stores. It also helps take out the time you look for parking if you’re in a busy shopping center. Amazon is one of my favorite places to shop online, because they sell almost anything I need. Many years ago, I used to only purchase books on their website, but they have now expanded to selling so many other things including baby items, clothing, cosmetics, toys, and household items. Often, I not only save time by shopping online but I also save money a lot of the time. I use Ebates, which provides you cash-back for purchases at most major stores including Amazon, Target, Macy’s, and Walmart (to name a few).
Limit social media
The creation of social media networks, such as Facebook and Instagram, have allowed people to share pictures and people’s experiences with the world. Social media certainly has their benefits, but using them can also be extremely time-consuming. Many people I know are on social media 1+ hours a day, browsing and commenting on other people’s photos. When you are a parent, your time will be limited, so it would be a good idea to limit your time on social media. People I speak with say they intend to only be on social media for a few minutes, but end up being on for hours. They don’t realize how much time has passed after browsing, commenting, and sharing other photos and posts they discover. If you go on social media, one of the ways you can control the time you spend on there, is to turn on the alarm clock for a set time (such as 15 minutes).
Try meal delivery kit services for time saving hacks
I didn’t mind grocery shopping and cooking so much when I was working full-time without children. Since I’ve become a mom, grocery shopping and cooking has become a never-ending, exhausting chore. However, I tried a meal kit delivery service, which I use for a few days out of every month. This has helped saved me alot of time. Meal kit delivery services prepare ingredients for your meals and deliver them straight to your home with the recipe cards. This helps save you time, so you don’t need to go to the grocery store as much.
Use an in-home washer and dryer for laundry
If you are renting your home, you want to make sure you pick an apartment or house that has a washer and dryer inside the unit. Most apartments have washers and dryers on-site or at a nearby laundromat. Previously, our family lived in apartments that had washers and dryers on site, but not in the units. I used to never think it was a big deal until laundry became extremely time consuming. When you have a family, you have a lot of laundry to do. The time adds up when you walk back and forth to the laundry areas or drive to the laundromats. In addition, many times the washers and dryers are full so you need to either wait at the laundry area or go back home to wait for another time the washers and dryers are not being used by other residents. Once we moved to an apartment home that had a washer and dryer inside, I couldn’t believe how much time I saved. This is definitely one of my favorite time saving hacks.
Consider work-at-home opportunities for time saving hacks
Traffic is one of the most time-consuming activities in America. I have several work colleagues who commute more than 45 minutes one-way, every weekday. That is insane, but it’s also a common reality for many people who live and work in metropolitan cities with thriving economies. If traffic is a problem in the area you live and work, consider work-at-home jobs. If you have been at your job for awhile and your company allows it, see if you can work remotely for any part of your schedule. Ideas for good work-at-home opportunities include:
- Virtual assistant
- Customer service representative
Request auto-pay for bills
Auto-pay for bills is a great time saving hack for busy parents. Not only do you save time with auto-pay, but you get benefits such as paying bills on time, avoiding late fees and decreasing the use of paper (which is great for the environment). Auto-pay for bills is also perfect for parents who get paid on the same dates every month, so it’s easier to track your bills. Although you save a lot of time on using auto-pay for bills, be sure to still review your bills to ensure you don’t have unauthorized charges. It would also be a good idea to set up email alerts, so you get notified of any low balances in your account, potential overdraft fees, bill reminders, and when your payment is posted.
Parents are extremely busy people, with multiple responsibilities to juggle. Use some of these ideas for time saving hacks, so you can start saving time today.
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