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11 Tech Hacks Every Busy Mom Wants to Know

Sandy Writtenhouse 10-05-2017

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


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!

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1. Wake Up Right

There is no worse sound early in the morning then that loud, annoying alarm clock. Yes, you need it to wake up. But why not try a more subtle, practical option?

With Poncho: Wake Up Weather, you can wake with jazzy music and the weather forecast for the day. You know how to dress yourself and the kids and if you will need an umbrella first thing in the morning. Plus, Poncho is a funny little cat that will give you a laugh when you wake up.

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Download — Poncho for Android |iOS (Free)

2. Be on Time

Whether you work online or have a bit of time to browse the web, you can easily get distracted and forget important tasks. Maybe you have to pick up the kids from school, head to a doctor’s appointment, or get dinner in the oven.

Make sure you stop your online activity by using a handy browser extension. For Chrome, Cool Clock lets you set the countdown time in hours, minutes, and seconds and notifies you when time is up. It also includes an alarm clock and stopwatch.

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For Firefox, TimerFox [No Longer Available] is basic yet useful timer. Set the countdown in hours, minutes, and seconds. You can also include a specific message for what you need to do when timer pops up its alert.

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Want to battle it out with time? Try these handy timer extensions for Chrome.

3. Track the Chores

Put away the sticky notes, magnetic refrigerator planners, and paper lists. When it is time for everyone to get chores done around the house, make it more entertaining.

ChoreMonster is an awesome tool available on the web as well as mobile devices. What makes it unique is that your child will receive reward points for more motivation to make their bed, clean their room, or help with the dishes.

Download — ChoreMonster for Android [No Longer Available] | iOS (Free)

4. Find the Potty

You have probably run into a situation where your child needed to use the bathroom, but there was no option in site. While a potty-finding tool may not be something you use often, you have to admit, it is helpful to have, especially if your kids are toddlers.

Toilet Finder is an app available for mobile devices that locates the nearest bathroom, no matter where you go. You will see locations plotted on a map or in a list view. And, if you like to help others, you can add a spot you find that is not listed yet.

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Download — Toilet Finder for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Make Sure It’s Appropriate

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, 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.

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

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Download — Common Sense Media for Android | iOS (Free)

6. 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.

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.

7. Do More by Doing Nothing

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 over 400 apps and offers automated solutions for the home, social media, news, health, car, and more.

11 Tech Hacks Every Busy Mom Wants to Know IFTTTOptions iPhone

Download — IFTTT for Android | iOS (Free)

8. Check on the Kids

Is your child at that age where they are venturing off on their own more? Maybe they walk to and from the bus stop alone or home from school each day while you are at work. With the right tool, you will always know that your child made it to their destination safely.

One option to check out is Life360. This app helps you coordinate locations with your family in real-time. You can receive alerts when someone reaches home or school, view their current location on a map, and get driving data if your child is now behind the wheel.

Download the app for free and take a look at various paid plans if your family needs extras like unlimited places and lengthier location history.

Download — Life360 for Android | iOS (Free)

9. Plan Healthy Meals

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it can be hard for some families to plan healthy meals every time. Maybe you need ideas or simply dishes that do not require a lot of preparation.

Mealime is a terrific choice for healthy meal planning. You can plan meals for an entire week, use the built-in grocery list, and prepare the dishes in about 30 minutes. Check out Mealime on the web and then download it to your mobile device for free.

mealime plans list ios

Download — Mealime for Android | iOS (Free)

10. 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)

11. Relax and Unwind

Now that the day is done, it’s time for mom to relax. But after a full day of activities, that can be hard to do sometimes. Whether you enjoy meditation or just need a simple way to unwind, you do not have to look far.

Available on the web and mobile devices is Calm. This wonderful app offers guided meditation sessions, breathing programs, and adult bedtime stories. You can choose unguided meditation, nature scenes and sounds, and try the Daily Calm feature for a 10-minute relaxation period before bed.

Calm is free, but offers subscription options for unlimited programs if you enjoy it.

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Download — Calm for Android | iOS (Free)

Are You a Tech-Happy Mom?

Do you currently use any of these tools to help you through your busy days? If so, which are your favorites? Or maybe you have different tech hacks that keep you organized, on track, and on time 9 Best Time Management Tools for Staying Organized The time management tools shown here will assist you with making the most of your days. Suitable for any business or personal situation. This is the time to organize your life! Read More .

Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions with us and other moms below!

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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. (

    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.