Whether you are going out alone or with kids we could all use ideas on ways we can make things easier and more efficient while your out and about. I want to share with you my 10 tips to make life easier and more efficient while on the go:
1. Plan ahead. As a stay at home mom most of the time when I go out it is to run errands. Planning where I’m going and in what order helps me to get everything done faster and also saves money on gas since I don’t end up backtracking.
2. Be Prepared. Make sure you have everything you will need while your out. Especially if you have kids going with you. Make sure you have diapers, wipes, snacks, etc…It is a real time waster to have to stop at the store for something like diapers.
3. Have a List. I like to make a list of all the places I need to go and in what order. If I am going to do my grocery shopping lists are extremely important
4. Snacks are a big time saver. Whether their for you or your kids (or both) having snacks while your on the go will allow you more time to get things done.
5. Eat Before You Go. Even better you can feed everyone before you head out. That way you know no one will be hungry at least for a couple hours.
6. Avoid your Cell Phone. If I answer my cell phone while I’m out running errands I find myself distracted and wasting a lot of time. For example while I’m grocery shopping, if I answer my phone and start chatting with my sister I am too distracted to stay on task and get what I need and go. So if your phone rings and you know that your going to be on the phone for a while, don’t answer it until there is a more convenient time.
7. Get a smart phone. Or something similar, I have an Android phone and I can check my emails, use the internet, etc…while I’m on the go. So when I’m standing in line at the pharmacy I’m not just standing there. I’m answering my emails.
8. Energy Boost. Ahhhhhh Coffee! It can give you that “pick me up” that you are in need of. Giving you additional energy to get everything you need done. May I suggest Seattle’s Best Coffee Iced Latte – the official latte of pretty much everything – it will definitely give you the the pick up you want. They are perfect to grab and go.
9. Don’t Run Errands Everyday. Unless you have to of course. Try to condense all the little errands and trips to the store to only a couple days a week. This way you aren’t running around each and everyday and getting more done on those “going out” days.
10. Get a Key Hanger. It may sound silly but if you can’t find your car keys you can end up searching for hours. I have a key hanger by my garage door, that way when we walk in the house from the garage we hang the keys up right then. No chance for them to get lost.
I hope these 10 tips help you and give you some ideas for an easier time on the go. I am always looking for great ideas to help me on the go, so I would love to hear yours!
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