This story originally appeared on one of The Local Moms Network local sites, West University Moms.
Between shuffling kiddos to school, their activities, appointments, exercise, and never-ending errands, many of us moms feel rushed and anxious. Although we try not to add our phones to the list of distractions, they can be helpful when we use them to help organize our time, build better schedules, receive reminders, and more. Here are 7 apps that can help shed some of the mom stress!
Habit List’s tagline is “Build a better you,” and everything inside the app is geared towards that. It tries to gently nudge you into developing good habits to reach your goals, by motivating you, helping you stay focused, and keeping you on target. Cost: Free to use, but you can upgrade with a one-time fee of $5. Habit List is only available for iOS but Android users can try replacing it with a similar app called Habit Streak.
Todoist is one of the most popular to do list apps, and can help you arrange tasks by nesting them within one another, which lets you keep work and personal items separate. For recurring tasks like taking out the garbage or paying your phone bill, you can set to-dos that will repeat on a regular schedule—if you need to do something every week, Todoist won’t forget about it. Cost: Free and you can upgrade to Premium plans for $29 a year which allows you to request reminders based on either time or location, enjoy automatic backups, and receive workflow charts. Free.
Maximize the time you have with Rescue Time, a time-management tool that shows you clearly where every second of your day is going. The app provides a personal analytics service that not only models how you spend your day, but provides tools to help you be more productive. Free.
As a mom, we are constantly taking notes – either mentally or consolidating scribbles, lists and sometimes even texts to ourselves. Google Keep stores and organizes your notes and can label them by color or category with specific words, like “kids”, “finances”, “hubby”, etc. Google Keep offers a variety of tools for taking notes, including text, lists, images, and audio which can be shared with other users or converted to a Google Docs file. Free.
Trello works well for families and can be used for a variety of purposes, including keeping track of your projects and ideas. Whether you want to book a vacation or throw a birthday party, plan out weekly meals or renovate your kitchen, Trello is a great place to keep all of life’s activities in order. And it’s perfect for collaborating with friends too—this way, you’ll never forget who’s bringing the birthday balloons again. Cost is free and has paid plans for $20 and up.
Pocket, which was originally called Read it Later, is used to capture content and curate your own space filled with only the topics you are interested in. You can bookmark and save the latest stories, articles, news, sports and videos from any device, and any publisher or app. Free.
RVA Local Business Feature: Any Lab Test Now!
Any Lab Test Now is a locally owned franchise located in the West End of Richmond, in the same shopping area as Walmart. This business is woman owned by an amazing Richmond native and mom of twin girls. She has been in the healthcare industry for over 14 years,...
Toddler Tantrums & Triggers…And How to Stop Them
This original story was shared by The Local Moms Network Contributor Harvey Karp, M.D. Toddler truth: Tantrums usually peak at 18 to 24 months, subside a bit, then crest again around 3.5 years. So, knowing how to prevent—and quell—these meltdowns now will...
Get Better Sleep & Skin with SAINT JANE
Sleep and skincare are two things that have become more important to many of us since becoming moms. Whether you’re waking up with babies, waiting up for teenagers, or simply burning the candle at both ends, good sleep is priceless. Skincare, too, becomes more...