Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On the go!

People today are very busy... Regardless if your a mom, dad, grandparent, or not. Nowadays, everyone is busy juggling school, home, work, family, appointments, the list goes on and on. Some people really have no idea of time management, or even how to organize their day to make it work for them, rather than them working for the time.

Here are some tips to make busy life, just a tad bit easier. I know what I do may not work for everyone. But you can adjust what I do to work for you.

-If you have a Gmail account, use the Calendar to remind yourself of appointments, schedules, to-dos, etc. And sync with your devise like your iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry, or other smart phone. It’s really helpful. You only have to put the event in once, and it will be synced onto every devise you have. 

-If you don't have a Gmail account, get yourself an agenda/planner/organizer. If your always on the go, get one that you can carry around with you in your purse. If you are a stay at home/work at home mom/dad/person, then get one that you can leave out on your desk, and easily scribble your appointments, events, etc. into it. Use a pencil to allow for easy re-scheduling/canceling. 

-Schedule the whole entire day if you have to. But don't be afraid to stray away if something comes up. Don't be specific in your times. For example, you can say between 2pm and 4pm, I want to have at least 30 minutes of workout, nonstop.  Just as long as you get it done, your are good! Things change at the last minute, and giving yourself time to make those adjustments is sometimes easier said than done. But making blocks of time to do smaller things, just may be the trick, I know it helps me. I schedule 2 hours of time, just to study for 1. 

-If you have a smart phone (Blackberry, Android, iPhone, etc.) find apps that make your life easier. If you often shop at Target, look for a Target app. Or Wal-Mart, or whichever store you use. There are tons of apps, and you can even use it to check a price on the go. 

-I use an app to make my grocery lists. This way I can check off the item as I go, and I don't have to worry about losing the paper in my purse that I wrote it on!

-If you use a smart phone, get an app like Scratch Pad. It syncs to Google Chrome, or anywhere else you have the app installed. For example- I can create a list of things to get while I am out shopping (laundry detergent, dish soap, pencils, pens, etc.) on my Google Chrome browser. After I am done with my list, I can save it, and then that same list will be available for me to view in my iPad and my Android phone. This way, I am never lost. No matter which device I have on me, I can see my list.

-If you know you’re going to be busy a few days this week. Instead of thinking you will just order takeout for your family, why not cook the meal ahead of time and freeze it. It’s a shorter cooking time when all you have to do is reheat, and its healthier.

-When going out, make sure you have everything you need. If you are going to take your kid(s) with you, make sure you have snacks, drinks, and whatever toys or activity books that will keep them occupied.

-If I know the morning is going to be crazy before school, the night before, I pull out the cereal bowls, and the cereal, and the spoons, and whatever else I can leave out for breakfast and put it on the table. That way everything is out, and all you have to do is get the milk. It cuts down maybe a minute, depending on how awake you are. Also, setting the coffee pot the night before to start when you get up helps make life a bit easier too.

-On mornings when it’s crazy busy, and you plan on just eating a pop tart, or stopping at McDonalds for a $1 sausage McMuffin, take with you a coffee drink instead of buying one. Like Seattle’s Best Coffee, it’s in a convenient grab and go can, and is cold and refreshing.  And if you didn’t already know, Seattle’s Best is introducing this summer a drink that is “the Official Latte of Pretty Much Everything”.

I actually love Seattle’s Best Iced Latte, it's delicious, smooth, and tasty. Its perfect for those mornings when you need a pick me up, but just don't have the time. It hits the spot, perfectly. Its the Official Latte of Pretty Much Everything, so no matter what your doing, its the right time, right place. 

Here is a coupon you can print to save today Click to save $1.50 on a 4 pack today! 

Here is some info on Seattle's Best, for those of you who are not familiar with them .... 
Low calorie - only 130 a can.
Affordable - A 4pack is only $4.99 ( and don't forget the coupon!)
They are everywhere, available in major grocery, convenience and other retail stores.

About the company:
As coffee blenders and roasters since 1970, we’ve seen a lot come and go. We went from a tiny shop on the Seattle waterfront to being declared Seattle’s Best Coffee in a local competition. In 2003, we joined the Starbucks family which has allowed us to place more resources into further honing our special way of crafting delicious, impossibly smooth coffee. Every step of the process, from coffee cherry to your cup, is managed to fit our exacting standards and our premium approach to coffee. Now, we’re making it easier to find your perfect coffee with our new Level System.

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“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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