As a stay at home mom, it can sometimes feel like your list of things to do is never-ending. From completing household chores to organizing and spending time with the children, tasks add up and remaining organized can be difficult. Especially these days, with the rate of mothers in the workforce increasing — up to 69.9 percent in 2015, compared to 47.4 percent in 1975, according to U.S. Department of Labor — taking care of the family has to be done in conjunction with a job. But luckily enough, we live in a world of technology, with new devices and software being created all the time that can make tedious tasks more simple. Let’s take a look at a few examples that you can integrate into your everyday life to make it more efficient.
With the Android app store having roughly 2.8 million apps and the Apple App Store having 2.2 million, it’s no secret that apps have something to offer. You have the option of downloading a number of different apps to keep yourself organized and get tasks done faster. Some examples that could be useful include:
- Venmo: Quickly and easily transfer money in a few clicks.
- ShopSavvy Barcode and QR Scanner: Scan a barcode of a product and instantly find the best deals — a great money saver so you have more funds to do fun activities with your kids.
- Instacart: Create a grocery list, place an order and have your groceries delivered in less than two hours — more time to relax and enjoy yourself.
- Yummly: Yummly uses info from your social media and internet activity to create a personal collection of recipes, with nutritional info and grocery list included.
- Keepy: Save and organize your kids notable schoolwork to have on file and share with family and friends.
These are just some apps that are available to you. If you think of something you may need help with, try researching it and more than likely to find an app that can help.
Other than the apps you can download, a smartphone has a number of other capabilities that can help you get organized and shave time of your daily tasks. Whether it’s using Notes to ensure you never lose your to-do or grocery list, using the Calendar to organize your day and set reminders, or simply setting up a group chat with the rest of the family so that you all stay connected and can work together. With a smartphone, you also have access to the cloud, which allows everything to be backed up as well as made accessible on your various devices — no more worrying about losing precious photos, important documents or notes that you have taken. Other notable features include Siri, who can speed up the process of research and guide you through features, and Wallet, which allows you to store bank card and tickets digitally.
3. Artificial Intelligence
Just when you thought that smartphones couldn’t get any more helpful, Qualcomm’s Artificial Intelligence software multiplies the intelligence of your devices so that they operate more efficiently and effectively. Through cognitive technology, your phone will become more intuitive; it will be aware of your preferences, behavior, and surroundings, and will, therefore, anticipate needs and offer relevant information faster. Furthermore, AI can give your phone machine learning capabilities, enabling features like battery-efficient performance, camera recognition, noise recognition and canceling and biometric security technologies, all of which will give you the support you need to move and work faster.
Mothers are hard working individuals and deserve as much support as possible to get through daily tasks and take care of the family. Try making use of modern technologies that can simplify your everyday life and leave you more time to enjoy with your family.