For busy mompreneurs, extreme multitasking is often a necessity, but can be made much simpler with the right digital tools. Your individual ‘toolbox’ will vary depending on your particular situation, but there are some universal needs we all share.
Here are some of my all-times favorite tools that mompreneurs everywhere are certain to find very helpful.
Time-savior and sanity-rescuer, Asana is great for keeping it together. If you are a visionary and a big planner, this is the best tool to delegate tasks and track the overall process. It is indispensable if your team is geographically dispersed. Workflow, deadlines, projects, details and wide-angle view – everything is always at hand. All this makes Asana number-one productivity app not only for teams but for solo-entrepreneurs as well.
Boomerang is a mailing service that will optimize your correspondence. It is helpful in many ways. Built-in AI will assist you in writing better. Inbox Pause option will hold incoming messages if you need some time without any interruptions. Reminder service will urge you to respond if you have left an important message without an answer. It will also take care of your business-like image. Being a working mom, you probably compose your business letters during ungodly hours of the night. Now you can schedule them: set the time and Boomerang will send it when it is appropriate.
Happy Kids Timer
As a busy mom, you know the most important thing you have to achieve before 8 am is get out of the home without anyone throwing a tantrum. This schedule app is just what you need to achieve it! Happy Kids Timer leads kids through the whole morning routine. Brushing teeth and getting dressed is much more fun with cheerful music and cute animation. This a real time-management app for kids! Organized children and some precious time in the morning – two birds with one stone!
The worst enemy of productivity is working mom’s guilt. Running your business or spending day at the office no longer means that you cannot keep an eye on your children. It is no secret that they live their lives mostly online. Pumpic is a monitoring app that will help you to watch your kids’ online activities and make sure they are safe. Another nice feature is GPS-tracking of their iPhone with geofence options. Now you can always be sure they have gotten to school on time in the morning and safely arrived home in the afternoon.
Even if you do your best to keep your “business” and “mom” identities apart, sometimes they do overlap: babysitting emergencies and unscheduled meeting with partners happen. What shall you do if you need to discuss something important across the town while entertaining your 5-year-old? You will look up for playgrounds in the vicinity, and now it is easy. Playground Buddy has a worldwide database of 200,000 playgrounds. Business often means a lot of traveling – even if you only travel around the city. Now you can always find a place for your kids to play.
You may be in need of a regular nanny, or looking for a babysitter to get away on the date night with your ‘better half’. Whatever the case, UrbanSitter is a great place to start your search. Video profiles and rating system ensure that you’ll hire the best person to take care of your little ones while you’re out on the town. You can see how many families turn to this sitter for help repeatedly, access their training records, background checks, etc. Plenty of accountability, right at your fingertips.
Sometimes the hardest challenge is keeping it together and carrying on with your daily tasks. But how you feel matters! This app is for your “me” identity to help you reclaim your peace of mind and to capture some much needed relaxation time. The app offers engaging activities and games you can play whenever you have a minute to spare. Remember, even small slices of time can make big changes. It helps with a variety of issues from too much stress or anxiety to sadness, and lack of motivation. For me, Happify has been an empowering experience and has given me more confidence. I’m so glad to have it in my life.
Even if you’re usually very meticulous with balancing your finances, the combination of kids paired with a lack of time to focus can send things into a tizzy. And you definitely don’t want that – not if you run your own little business. That’s where apps like Mint come in handy! Forget your spreadsheets; Mint is like a magic bookkeeper in your pocket. Its customizability, intuitive interface, visualizations, and alerts make it very easy to create and follow budgets. I highly recommend this app for starters. If you have never used digital tools to handle your finances before, try this one out.
30/30 is a time manager with a fully customizable task list. With its help, you can plan your day, breaking it into bigger or smaller chunks beforehand, and be more productive. It’s also a great tool to fight procrastination. This intuitive app will make sure you stay on the assigned task by counting down the remaining time. It’s my favorite time-mapping and productivity app, and has helped me through many dreaded projects and looming deadlines.
However hard you multitask and time-map, there always seems to be something new cropping up that demands your time. There’s no way you can do it all alone. Sometimes you have to delegate some chores and errands to focus on more important and demanding tasks. Task Rabbit will connect you with local freelancers who are willing to help you out at a very reasonable price. Grocery shopping, yard work, cleaning, delivery, handyman work – the list goes on and on. You can rest assured that the “tasker” is reliable because the company checks and approves all of them for you.
This tool selection is a starter kit to help you start running your life and business more effectively and efficiently.
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