The Greek philosopher Theophrastus (try and say that one time slow) claimed that “time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.” If that’s true, raising kids is even pricier than we thought. Aston Martin pricey. Front row seats to Elton John pricey.
So here are four time-saving sites and apps. Reading this shouldn't cost you more than three minutes.
IFTTT is all about automating your devices to save time. It’s a free, web-based tool that lets you set up your own chain reactions that make your devices work better for you and your family.
Set your phone to notify your thermostat when you leave work, so it switches on and gets your home cozy before you walk in. Set your devices to monitor your daily activities and help you figure out where all your time goes. (Spoiler alert: it goes to diapers and dishes.)
The great thing about IFTTT is its flexibility. You can write any recipe for automation and apply it to your daily life. Set up your coffeemaker to brew when your tablet senses light in your bedroom. Set up your kid’s phone to let you know when they leave school or band practice. It’s not stalking if you’re their parent, right?
One great way to save time is to minimize your trips to the grocery store. But it’s not easy striking the balance between daily grocery runs and forcing your kids to bathe with handsoap until your biweekly shopping day finally arrives. Soap.com solves that problem.
You can schedule automatic shipments of essentials like bodywash, paper towels, and coffee, so your shelves stay stocked and you don’t have to make lunch out of two boxes of angel hair pasta and half an onion.
The needs of my kids keep me in such a bubble that I start thinking the day’s top news is that our toddler ate four (or even five and a half!) sweet peas. That’s all fine and good until I encounter another human adult. It turns out normal grownups don’t want to discuss the finer points of vegetable consumption among toddlers.
Enter Pocket. When you see an article or news story you want to finish, but your hungry kid is about to go supernova, just drop the story into this app, where you can easily read it later. Better yet, if you pocket a story, it’ll be on your phone, tablet, or computer. Because you never know when you’ll find yourself in the eye of the hurricane with several actual minutes to actually read.
The thing about friends and extended family is that their lives don’t stop when your kid is sick for a week. Birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations still fly by, and you really, really want to show you care. But kids. Kids all the time.
When author Jennifer Rowe said “you can always find time to do what you really want to do,” she should’ve mentioned Yiftee. This awesome app lets you send thoughtful gifts from local businesses. It just takes a few clicks on your device, and the lucky recipient can enjoy the gift at their convenience.
There you have it—four time-saving sites and apps. And what should you do with all that saved time? Spend it all in one place: at home, with your family, doing things you really, really want to do.