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7 Tech Hacks for Busy Moms: Get More Done With Less Effort

Sandy Writtenhouse Updated 30-04-2020

If you are reading this, then you are a busy mom. Or maybe a busy dad. Either way, that’s okay.

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Whether you have one child or six, work in an office or at home, are a single parent or have a partner, managing your day is a well-honed skill. Some control over the next few hours could be the most meaningful gift for any Mother’s Day!

Technology helps when the brain gives up. Here are some tools that can help you plan, organize, stay informed, and even relax.

1. Check If Media Is Appropriate

Common Sense Media Search

So your son wants to play that new video game at his buddy’s house. Or your daughter wants to watch that funny movie with her friends. Unfortunately, you have not heard of either title. How do you know if the game or movie is appropriate for your child?

This is where Common Sense Media comes in to help. Available on the web and mobile devices, you can check out reviews, family guides, and top picks for media. Common Sense Media covers television shows, movies, games, books, apps, and websites.

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You can also use the convenient search feature to quickly find out if something specific is appropriate for your child’s age.

Download: Common Sense Media for Android (Free)

2. Charge Your Battery

What is worse than forgetting your phone when you are out for the entire day running errands? The answer is, remembering your phone but having a dead battery. You need either a portable battery charger or charging case and Mophie sells them for both Android and iPhone along with other products for mobile devices.

If Mophie products are not available for your device or you want a less expensive option, you can also check out Amazon. Pop cell phone battery case into the search box and have a look for one that suits you.

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3. Do More by Doing Nothing

IFTTT Applets For Home

If you have tasks that you can automate, wouldn’t that save you a ton of time? Whether it is notifying your kids when you leave the office, controlling your home thermostat, or simply posting photos on social media, if you are not using IFTTT, then you are missing out.

IFTTT is a fantastic automation tool that goes beyond just those few tasks listed above. Receive a reminder to grab a jacket if it’s going to be cold out or a notification when NASA has breaking news. IFTTT works with tons of apps and services, and offers automated solutions for the home 10 of the Best IFTTT Recipes for Smart Home Automation The right IFTTT recipes for your smart home can save you time, effort, and energy. Here are ten of our favorites to get you started. Read More , social media, news, health, car, and more.

Download: IFTTT for Android | iOS (Free)

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4. Use Your Smart Speaker for More Than Music

If you own a HomePod, that smart speaker from Apple can do much more than just blast out your favorite tunes. From controlling your lights and adjusting your thermostat to making phone calls and sending text messages, HomePod offers terrific hands-free features 12 Apple HomePod Features That Will Make You Want One Don't have a HomePod yet? We round up the coolest Apple HomePod features that will make you want to pick up the smart speaker. Read More .

In addition, Siri on HomePod can help you around the house with timers, alarms, reminders, and more.

For instance, you can set multiple timers for preparing dinner. This means you can have a meat timer for one hour, a potato timer for 30 minutes, and a veggie timer for 10 minutes, all at the same time.

You can also ask Siri to set an alarm for a certain time if you have an appointment and create reminders, so you don’t forget to defrost tomorrow’s roast. Plus, you can ask Siri to help you with measurement conversions for that recipe you need to double or cut in half.

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5. Keep Up With Shopping Using Your Voice

Maybe you and your family opted for a less expensive smart speaker than HomePod like an Amazon Echo. Alexa, like Siri, can help you do those same types of things at home. You can set timers and alarms, get information, and help with measurements. But Alexa can help you with something that Siri cannot, your Amazon shopping.

You can add items to your Amazon shopping list, check on the status of your orders, and receive notifications when your items are on their way. This gives you a wonderful, hands- and computer-free way to keep up with your shopping and deliveries.

6. Let Your TV Go Beyond Shows and Movies

TV has come a long way since the days of needing antennas and watching shows in black and white. Like smart speakers, smart televisions can provide a lot more than what they appear. Systems like Apple TV and Roku let you download apps or add channels that you enjoy. And all without the worry of a cable guide.

The thing is, it’s super easy to forget this.

So the next time you want to learn how to prepare a new dish, turn on Tasty on Apple TV to cook along with a chef. Or when you have only a few minutes for exercise, pop the Beachbody on Demand channel onto Roku for a 10-minute workout.

Want to find some DIY projects you can the kids can do together? You don’t have to search the web. Apple TV has some terrific apps and Roku has some awesome channels for do-it-yourself projects.

Whichever television or system you own, remember to check out their offerings that go beyond shows and movies. This can save you a ton of time.

7. Organize It All

If what you really need is a calendar, task manager, and shopping list rolled into one, then you need a family organizer.

Cozi Family Organizer is one of the most popular options for keeping these items organized for you. You can share a color-coded family calendar, assign chores and tasks, and let everyone have input on the grocery list. Cozi also offers a recipe box for meal planning and handy reminders to keep all family members in the loop.

You can also check out the Cozi Gold paid subscription that provides a birthday tracker and other cool features.

Download: Cozi for Android | iOS (Free)

Ease the Load With Technology

No matter how busy you are now or how hectic things become, simple tech hacks like these can ease the load. From a simple timer to a complete family organizer, there’s sure to be at least one or two useful tips here for you.

For more ways to get that helping hand, check out these mobile apps for busy moms 10 Awesome Android and iPhone Apps for Busy Moms Every busy mom will appreciate these Android and iPhone apps that help with task management, preserving memories, and more. Read More that will always be at your fingertips.

Related topics: Android Apps, IFTTT, iOS Apps, Mother's Day, Organization Software, Parenting and Technology, Productivity Tips, Time Management.

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  1. Shearon
    September 29, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    I've tried tons of apps to get "organized". I like digital methods because to me it's more practical. I like good old paper and pencil too, but I don't like trying to find something big enough to hold everything I want to include and add/organize tasks/events simply, *and* be able to look at them and check them off quickly as well, but still be small enough to fit in my pocket. (Call me crazy, but I *hate* carrying a purse..) Digital methods are generally very flexible, but after trying app after app (yes, even cozi) they all were missing something: the ability quickly add/view/mark off items directly from my home screen widget. I have ADHD and if I don't see it, I forget to it. And if I have to go through a process just to check off something, I'll wait until later* to check off several things at once (* meaning, it's not going to happen). I *finally* found an app that works in a way that's simple, functional, *and* puts up the fewest obstacles (giving me no reason to put it off for "later"). If anyone else seems to be having this problem, I *highly* recommend TickTick. (https://www.ticktick.com)

    I've been using it for a while on my android and I absolutely love it. I even have a shared list with my husband and two other lists are shared with my mother -in-law, who both have IOS. I can add items and set times/dates (either typed in or using talk-to-text), easily switch an item from one list to another, add/change/remove due dates, set up recurring tasks (from date last scheduled *or* from last date completed), set priority levels and reminders, AND check items off *RIGHT FROM MY HOMESCREEN WIDGET*. (Just for clarity, I'm not associated with this company/app in any way other than as a consumer. I found this app after seeing it recommended in the comments of another article and truly believe this app is being overlooked.)

  2. Megan Browner
    May 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Great picks! For playdates and kids birthday parties, i LOVE the fete app. It's a clever little app for getting rsvp's over text message.