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When you’re a mom it may feel like there’s never enough time to do everything. A Pew Research Center survey of parents who both work found that nearly four out of ten working mothers don’t get to spend enough time with their kids. Over half don’t get enough time away from their kids to interact with friends or pursue hobbies.

When you’ve got this many responsibilities pressing on you, everything you can do to win back time helps. Here are three ways automation can help you organize your schedule and get more productivity out of the time you have.

Use Smart Time Budgeting to Organize Your Calendar

There are 168 hours in a week. You can budget your time the same way you budget money by allocating hours to your priorities. One way to automate this is by using a smart calendar management app to organize your time. For instance, Google Calendar now has a feature called Goals that uses machine learning to automate your schedule. To use this feature, choose a goal and decide how much time you want to spend on it per week. Google Calendar then automatically scans your schedule and picks a time slot where you can work on your goal. If there’s a time conflict, your session automatically gets rescheduled. As Google Calendar learns your routines, it becomes better at optimizing your schedule.

Google Calendar uses the cloud to apply machine learning to your schedule, but you can run machine learning apps directly on your smartphone without relying on the cloud if you have a mobile device that supports on-device AI. For instance, smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Artificial Intelligence platform can run machine learning apps right on your phone. This means you can access these apps and programs wherever you are, that way you’re always saving while on the go.

Consolidate Your Communications

Communication can waste an enormous amount of time. For instance, the average worker spends a third of their time at the office and half their time at home reading and answering emails, most of which aren’t important or urgent. Social media and texts can also consume huge chunks of time.

Use technology to consolidate the time you spend managing communication. For instance, Astro lets you use an automated chatbot to separate your email into a priority box and an “other” box, allowing you to put non-priority emails on “snooze” while sending you reminders about important messages. As Astro learns your habits through machine learning, it learns which of your contacts are your highest priorities and it automates repeated actions so that you don’t have to keep doing them manually.

Automate Your Bookkeeping

Keeping track of your budget and bills is another task that can chew up your time. Using apps to automate your bookkeeping can save you time and hassle.

Mobile finance apps such as Mint can save you bookkeeping time by providing a single platform you can use to manage your budget and all your financial accounts. You can set up automatic payments, as well as reminders for bills and to let you know when you’re about to go over budget. You can also track your savings and see your finances at a glance to assist you with long-term financial planning.

Automating your calendar, communications and bookkeeping management are three foundational strategies for using technology to improve your time management. By implementing these strategies, you will have more time to focus on your priorities, and hopefully more time to relax as well.

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Time Saving Beauty Hacks For Busy Moms
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No matter how busy you think your life is, you’ve probably got nothing on the crazy schedule of a new mom. All at once, everything else in your life that used to draw your attention is now shifted to your child. It’s not surprising or unnatural that putting aside time for some much-needed self-care is no longer a priority once women start a family.

The constant needs of a child can drown self-care needs that used to be a priority before motherhood. Taking time to style your hair just right, put on a full face of makeup or even getting to have a shower all to yourself seem like the dreams of yesterday for busy moms.

Being a mom, whether you are in Chicago or Los Angeles is the most important role that you will ever have; it’s universally demanding. It’s also important to start teaching your child about taking time to take care of themselves, which they can learn by watching you. Grooming habits and taking care of yourself even when you are pressed for time is a good example of healthy habits to pass along to your children.

You don’t need to look like you are about to walk a runway every day but there are a few time-saving beauty hacks that are great for busy moms. From getting the best laser hair removal Chicago has to offer to embracing your natural hair color and texture, you can still save time and look radiant.

Minimize Makeup Routine

There isn’t a mother on the planet that doesn’t know what it’s like to always look tired around the eyes and lose a bit of your natural glow from pure exhaustion. You may not want to completely embrace the fully natural look but, that doesn’t mean that you can’t show your beauty to the world.

Start with a combination product that includes moisturizer and a light pigment to help you renew your skin’s moisture and even out your complexion. Add a bit of mascara to your upper and lower lashes to give your eyes a more alert and open appearance. Finish off your look with a bright lip stain that will stay on all day and stand up to lots of baby kisses.

Shower At Night

Days are the busiest time for moms so it can be nearly impossible to fit a shower for yourself into the schedule. Take a bit of time at night when the day slows down a bit to jump in the shower for a few minutes. This can become a relaxing routine at the end of a long mommy day and help you to sleep better and rise ready for another day.

Simple Hair

When you become a mom you can say goodbye to fancy hairstyles on a daily basis. This doesn’t mean that you have to walk around looking like you have never used a brush or a comb but, embracing your natural hair has its benefits. Get comfortable with your natural hair texture and try simple styles that can be done on the run.

You may even want to go with a short and sassy style when you start your family. Most women can rock a pixie cut with very little effort and maintenance.

Laser Hair Removal

Mom’s that can barely get in the shower long enough to rinse off don’t have time to worry about shaving their legs. Most moms know that things can get pretty prickly between shaving sessions. If you want a permanent solution you can talk to a dermatologist about the benefits of having laser hair removal treatments.


There is nothing more beautiful than a new mother. Even with a busy schedule and a huge shift in your priorities, it’s still possible to look your best with these time-saving beauty hacks.

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Author: Michelle Couch, Financial and parenting writer

Michelle Couch is a freelance writer who covers family finance, personal finance, parenting and more. Couch lives in Maryland, MA and loves to leverage credit card points to travel with her husband and two children. 

Having a baby brings overwhelming joy but also comes with a lot of new expenses. From buying packs of diapers in bulk, to walking the grocery aisles for baby food, your expanding shopping list may mean it’s time to consider opening a credit card that fit your new family needs.

Data shows, in the first year alone, the cost of raising a baby can run up to $21,000, and the cost of raising a child to adulthood can increase after that. In order to maximize your financial flexibility and your credit card rewards, the credit cards you carry should evolve as your family and spending habits change. Read on for the qualities you should look for as well as some of the best credit cards for each stage of raising a family based on your goals and spending habits.

Parenting stage: Newborn baby

When you have a newborn baby, you will spend an outrageous amount of money on new baby gear – from diapers to medical bills and childcare. Having a credit card that gives you rewards and cash back for all those expenses can be beneficial and help ease the burden of all those extra costs. Choose an easy-to-use card that will reward you for the spending you’re going to do and skip cards that give you extra points for entertainment and dining out, since you’ll likely cut back in those categories. The Brim Financial credit card, for example, has built a unique rewards marketplace that provides points for the things you will need for your little one like groceries and retail items.

Parenting stage: School-age kids

As time goes on, you’ll spend less on diapers and baby food, but that does not mean spending costs will decrease. A USDA analysis found that family expenses actually increase as a child ages. Spending costs will go more towards extracurricular activities and your grocery budget will increase. New moms and dads will appreciate the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express because this credit card offers the highest cash-back rate at U.S. supermarkets at 6%.

Parenting stage: Teenagers

Once your child is 16, many experts recommend making your teenager an authorized user on one of your credit cards to help build your child’s credit history. Keep in mind that just because you add your teen as a user doesn’t mean you have to give them the card. If your goal is to maximize rewards, The Chase Freedom and Discover It Cash Back all offers 5 percent cash back each category in different categories, ranging from dining to gas.

Parenting stage: Kids off to college

It’s never too early to start saving for your child’s college education. 529 college savings plans are your best bet when planning for future college costs. A 529 plan is a savings account where the money is used to pay for the beneficiary’s college expenses and K-12 tuition, tax-free. If your goal is to enjoy more time to yourself since your child is away at college, apply for a premium travel card with a big sign-up bonus to help pay for those planned vacations. The Chase Preferred and Reserve cards offer 3 percent back in both dining and travel.

The Takeaway

As your children grow from diapers to college caps and gowns, different credit cards can help you reach and manage your goals dependent on your household spending. Credit card users should switch cards frequently as their spending habits change and the issuers change their offerings.

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