Using Technology to Improve Your Life Balance as a Working Mom
If you face the facts, we live in a world of ever growing and expanding technology. It is literally all around us. With that in mind, it is smart to make use of this technology to your advantage. This is especially true for working moms who are trying to juggle being a mom, taking care of the house, and working a full-time job. The good news is there is an app for that! In fact, there are a lot of apps available for that.
Instead of becoming swamped with life and everything that goes along with it, use technology to help improve your life balance. Here are some tips to help you get started.
#1 – Use a Virtual Calendar App to Stay On Top of Everything
Most phones come with a built in calendar application that will allow you to make notes of all of the important dates that are coming up. This includes business meetings, doctor’s appointments, school activities, social events, and everything else in between. If you aren’t currently using the calendar app on your phone, then you don’t know what you are missing out on. Never miss another meeting with scheduled reminders for events. This is a must have for working moms.
#2 – Use an Expense Tracker to Help With Budgeting
Creating a budget and sticking to it may be one of the hardest parts of being a grown up. This is even true for the most responsible moms out there. With an expense tracker, you can actually keep track of your monthly budget and all of the money going in and out. You can even categorize the things that you spend money on, so that you can see where all of your money went each month. If you are anything like me, you may wonder how it all disappeared. You would be surprised at how the little things add up. Track and monitor with an expense tracker app. There are many to choose from, and some even allow you to pay your bills from the app.
#3 – Set Up Automatic Deposit to Your Savings Account
Staying on top of your savings each month can really be a chore, especially if you have to go to the bank and put money in your account regularly. The good news is that employers and banks offer automatic check deposit, so you’ll never have to worry about depositing your paycheck. With that being said, this one is a no-brainer. It’s very common and basically a must have!
#4 – Simplify Your Shopping Trips with Money Savings Apps
Did you know that there are a variety of apps out there that make your shopping trips a breeze? You can create your list, load digital coupons, and even get curb side pickup for your groceries? With technology, it is so much easier to deal with the problem of not having enough time. Apps such as Flipp tell you the best deals on the things that you buy each month, and most stores offer applications that allow you to use digital coupons to make it easier at check out. Combine digital coupons with store sales using your apps, and you will be able to get the best deals and save money without having to round up the kids and go from store to store to find the best price on the things you need.
#5 – Take Advantage of Virtual To-Do List Apps
Gone are the days of writing your handy to-do list on the back of a piece of paper that just so happened to be your child’s homework! There are so many different virtual to-do list apps for you to choose from. This helps you to prioritize the things that you need to do, so that you can knock them out in the order of importance. If you have it all at your fingertips, then you will find it easier to stay on top of managing everything that you have to do. Some phones even allow you to make on screen notes, simplifying it even further.
These are just a few of the different ways that you can use technology to your advantage. While technology sometimes seems like a curse to parents, especially when they see their children spending endless hours glued to a monitor. Just remember, it can really be helpful when it comes to juggling life and all of the little moments that come along with it.
We are thrilled to have guest contributor, Patty Moore, join us today. Patty Moore started blogging when she got the idea for Working Mother Life, her personal finance blog. Check it out to learn more about her journey as a single mom.