I’m writing this blog post as I sit in the school carpool lane waiting to pick up A.J. from kindergarten. Technically, I’m not writing it on my keyboard. I’m dictating it using my iPhone and the voice recognition microphone. This has been one of the hugest time savers for me since he went back to school in August. I realize that since it’s back-to-school season many of us will be spending anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes in a carpool lane every day and even longer if you’re waiting for multiple children at several schools.
Try these time-savers while you’re waiting in the school carpool line!
With your Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop
1. Use the voice dictation feature on your device.
– Write a grocery/shopping list
– Send an email
– Update your online calendar
2. Return phone calls. Schedule or reschedule appointments.
3. Create a useful playlist of videos or songs on iTunes songs.
4. Online shopping. For example, I’m in the middle of a love affair with my Target app and the Cartwheel savings.
5. Search for recipes. Pinterest is my go-to for the best recipes. Make sure you’re following Mommy Talk Show on Pinterest too.
6. Learn something new by listening to a podcast or watching a YouTube tutorial.
7. Pay bills!
8. Sell your stuff. List items for sale on Craigslist or your neighborhood for sale board. Sell your unused items on Amazon and similar sites for cash back or gift cards.
Keep it Clean
1. Clean out your car. I like to keep a few plastic bags and shopping bags in the trunk. If needed, I’ll go grab one to clean out all of A.J.’s snack wrappers and junk. Keep a Black & Decker Cordless Dust Buster Vacuum handy and put it to use! See the family-friendly Mazdas and Kias I’ve reviewed, in case you’re looking for a newer car.
2. Open your wallet or purse. Get rid of old receipts, dirty tissues and all types of ridiculousness that moms find in the bottom of your purse.
1. Try sitting calf raises while you’re parked.
2. Do your kegels to tighten your vaginal walls. While you’re at it, read 20 Things You May Not Know About the Penis by Dr. Drai. Your spouse will thank you (wink wink).
3. Stretch your arms and neck in a comfortable way. If you’re really sore, consider finding a chiropractor for your family.
Meditate or Pray
While keeping your eye on the progress of the school carpool line, take a few minutes to meditate or pray. I watched a 60 Minutes story Sunday about mindfulness and meditation. It really interested me and has me in search of a meditation app I can go-to.
Talk back to me in the comments – What’s your way to make the most of your time in the carpool line? Have you tried any of the time savers I listed above?
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