Business Mum: ‘Get some T.S.T – Time Saving Technology!’
Do you need more TST in your life? I think every woman does, as we are always so busy. Personally, I need a clone of myself. By that I don’t mean I want someone to dress like me and follow me around (that would be a bit weird) but just the ability to split myself in two so I can get everything done! Does this sound like you too?!
I work from home now but I still remember the days when I’d be rushing to work in my smart clothes, wearing an old t-shirt over them so any stray porridge or bogeys from the kids didn’t get onto my ‘office wear’! Then at the other end of the day, I’d be screeching to a halt at the front door, having raced home in the dark to get back to my family and still having a meal to prepare, washing to do and the marketing presentation to finish!
We all do it, and we either deserve a medal or certifying, but if neither are forthcoming then see if any of these little gems can make your daily juggle that bit easier…
At the Start of the Day
My parents used to have a Teasmade in the 1970’s but in our ‘Grand Design’ and ‘Property Ladder’ era, this would seem naff, so how about a solution that lets you switch on your downstairs kettle from your bed? The Siemens Home Automation system from B&Q allows just that! You use the remote control to activate the kettle so your ‘wake up’ coffee can be making whilst you are still waking! Genius! Once you are up, you can make a dent in the household tasks by getting a wash load done in only 14 minutes! The Beko machine has a 9KG drum and the fastest cycle time of all washers of this size, so you can hang the clothes to dry before you leave and they’ll be ready to iron that evening!
During the Day
I firmly believe that the internet is any Jugglista’s best friend. You can be everywhere at the same time – shopping, ordering birthday presents and working out what film to see at the weekend, all without leaving your seat! But it can become more trouble than its’ worth when you have to get up even earlier than you already do to arrive at the postal depot to collect all the parcels that got delivered when you were out at work. Shop Box is a new device that you can rent to stay outside your home and provide a secure drop off point for any deliveries. It is secure, but has its limitations (for example, they recommend emptying it between deliveries which you can’t do if you are at work all day- so you’d have to plan and make sure your stuff arrived on different days), but it is a possible solution to avoid the running around after work! See www.shopbox.co.uk for more details.
With the Kids
I recently found this little lifesaver – it’s a funky child’s wristband that you programme with your mobile number (up to 5 numbers in total) so that if the child wanders off, an adult can use the band to get your number and call you! Its heart stopping in a busy shopping centre if you can’t see them, and this device provides peace of mind – genius! It’s called a Me Finder and it’s from www.kidsshowandtell.com.
At the End of the Day
How cool would it be if you could let your dinner cook itself?! It can if you use the Jamie Oliver Multicooker. Just chuck in your chicken and it can be left unsupervised and cooks really fast! This is perfect to allow you chance to help with your child’s homework whilst the meal is getting sorted!
Remember that washing you hung out this morning? It’s dry and ready to iron by the end of the day, but this usual chore can be 30% quicker with the new Rowenta Steamium iron. Keeping on top of the ironing pile is one of the biggest time stealers but this just got easier, and trust me, I’ve tried it and this iron works!
If you have a baby in the house, you will do anything for a bit of extra sleep. This new technology in baby bottles promises an extra 30 minutes in bed as it delivers a perfect breast-milk temperature feed at the touch of a button – in under 60 seconds! Yoomi is the UK’s first self warming baby bottle, which brings an end to stumbling around the kitchen in the middle of the night. All you do is pick up Yoomi, push the button and baby’s feed is ready in under a minute so you can get them settled quicker and back to bed yourself! For more information, go to www.yoomi.com.
Let’s face it, when we have everything to do, a little technological help can go a long way! Do you have any secrets for bending technology to fit your life? Let me know in the comments below!
About the author
Nadine Hill is a busy working mum (is there any other kind?!) who has a fascination with time management which borders on the obsessive! She loves to find more effective ways of doing the daily juggle whilst enjoying the journey, and has lots of practise through raising her two children, growing her small business, being a best-selling author, running her home, public speaking and inspiring others as an Enterprise UK Ambassador. Nadine’s ambition is to help busy mums claw back a bit of ‘me time’, by sharing tips with at home in her fortnightly columns, her own life stories on her blog Time Management Mum, and micro-blogging on Twitter. You can learn more about Nadine at www.NadineHill.com.