If you’re a busy parent, you are always looking for ways to simplify your life because you need all the help you can get . I’ve discovered technology can really be an ally when trying to conquer our endless to-do lists. Every single day seems to be jam packed with activities, homework, tasks, chores and stuff we will forget by the time we get home. As a working mom, I’ve learned to write everything down before my mommy brain simply forgets about it.
My smartphone has become such an useful tool when managing my family and work life. Aside from storing appointments, important telephone numbers, family pictures and my to-do lists, I’ve learned it can also help make my offline world easier. There are so many great apps to keep you on track and the best part is that they are super user-friendly.
Now mobile printing has taken things a step further and you can set up your wireless printer to receive from your phone anything you need printed out. That way, once you get home, forms, lists, pictures and documents are waiting for you. This is so helpful when you’re a busy parent on the go. Here are 7 ways you can use your printer and phone to simplify your life, without needing a computer.
Busy and always on the go? 1 of 8
If you're always on the go, don't stress out. By using technology you can stay sane, organized and never forget important stuff again. Click for ideas to simplify your life.
Information for your babysitter 2 of 8
Chances are at some point you will enlist the help of a babysitter. Instead of writing down your important phone numbers by hand over and over again, just have a master list on your phone and print it out. If you like the one I have included, feel free to use it!
Lunch notes 3 of 8
Kids love to get notes from their parents in their lunchboxes. Make the most of your time at carpool, or while waiting for your next appointment, by editing pictures you have on your phone, adding text to them and sending a batch of them to print so, once you're home, you have the lunchbox notes ready to go for the entire week.
School lunch organizer 4 of 8
If your child eats lunch at school or sometimes purchases food from the cafeteria, it's really helpful to have a printed list in your kitchen. That way you can plan ahead on which days you need to prepare a lunchbox. It's also useful to know what your child had for lunch before you plan dinner. Go to your school's website, find the lunch menu and simply print it out.
Questions that need answers 5 of 8
Pediatricians and experts always tell parents to write down any questions they might have about their child's well being so you can bring them up the next time you visit the doctor. However, when you are dealing with a sick child, worried about something, tired because your baby didn't sleep at all last night or overwhelmed with life, it's easy to forget what you wanted to ask. Use a memo or notepad app on your phone and write down your questions. Once you've compiled your questions, print them out so you have them in front of you when you see the doctor.
Conquer the holidays by planning ahead 6 of 8
When dealing with a busy life, planning ahead pays off. Instead of doing all your holiday shopping in December, start making your gift list now on your phone. If you'll be entertaining at home, you can also print out decorating ideas (such as centerpieces) and recipes. Just keep everything in a file or folder so you have it in one place.
DonÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t forget school supplies 7 of 8
Once kids go back to school, don't think your shopping is done. You'll need more school supplies for projects, teacher's wish lists or even for snack time. Take a picture with your phone of lists your teachers send, keep them with you and print them out so you can have an extra copy.
Supermarket lists 8 of 8
Have you ever returned from the supermarket only to realize you forgot something? If you haven't, I want to be like you. Unfortunately, my memory is not what it used to be so I have come to rely on shopping lists for the supermarket. I simply write down what I need and pull out the list when I go shopping. However, I have found it is much easier to have an actual printout with my list instead of having to look at my phone every time I want to double check everything, especially if I get a call.
Do you have any other tips for busy parents? I’d love to learn from you!
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