Tips and Tricks for the Time-Challenged

<p>To those who are time-challenged themselves, or are parenting kids who are time-challenged...</p>

<p>What works for you (or your student) to get out the door in the morning, to force yourself to go to bed on time, and to get from class to class (or meeting to meeting), and things of that nature?</p>

<p>Have you found any specific technology which provides good back-up for time perception problems?</p>

<p>I'm waiting for these replies!! </p>

<p>So far, we have big calendar in the kitchen, sticky notes on front door, little notebook that I carry around to fill in w/stuff (e.g. what need at grocery, phone numbers to call, etc.). </p>

<p>Son has a dry erase board at college w/spaces for each day of the week. He picked that out.</p>

<p>But maybe you had a more specific, time-related question. I use phone alarms when I really need to be reminded!!</p>

<p>I use the oven timer faithfully. </p>

<p>I am trying to get DS to use a vibrating watch, to set TWO alarm clocks in the bedroom, and to actually use the waterproof clock I put in his shower (meaning, take it out from under the sink, and replace the batteries). No luck so far on any front. I wish I could have a microchip implanted in his head that I could control, setting the clock to important times (and with an electric ZAP! to deliver notification).</p>

<p>My iphone- and before that a palm- and before that a Sharp organizer. Everything in there for everyone: dates, schedules, alarms, running notes of things I want to remember (a movie to rent, a wine to buy, a park I want to visit). Kids have agendas from their school (since grade one) that they use religiously. </p>

<p>Kids use own alarm, make own lunches night before. Uniforms for school. Try to push as much onto them that they can do at their age by themselves. </p>

<p>Purposefully live where school and work are close by, along with all shops and services we need (so we walk or bike, avoid traffic and have minimal commute). For most things, driving is pretty short when needed but tend to group similar stuff in that destination together to minimize time and driving.</p>

<p>Double up on tasks and minimize 'empty' time. Keep running list of things needed, chores to be done, and work I can do on the road in my bag. So if I go to X street to drop off video, while I'm there I will also use the time to drop checks at bank or get extras from drugstore we'll eventually need. If drive one kid to a practice tonight, I bring work that I will do in the car while waiting (so I don't commute twice). While waiting at doctor's office or in line at grocery, I answer email on my iphone.</p>

<p>Bulk buy groceries and supplies for house (in nearby town where I have to drive to take someone to a lesson). Walk to grocery a block away once a day, while walking dogs, for bread, fruit or fresh food for dinner. </p>

<p>Don't over-program. In our house, seeing your friends in the neighborhood or reading a great novel or getting enough sleep is as important as lessons, clubs and sports.</p>

<p>I love the alert function on the Iphone calender. I can set it for 5min, 15min, 1 hr etc. before an event, and because it is synced with Google calender, I also get the alert on my computer! It's like I'm nagging myself! Too cool for words, and now I'm never late. Couldn't live without it!</p>

<p>Yes! Nagging...That is what I am after!</p>

<p>I found that things improved dramatically when I told DDs "You're adults now" and got out of the middle!</p>

<p>Don't waste time on CC ;)</p>

<p>I also use the timers and alerts on my iPhone to remind myself about events and planning. Very useful. </p>

<p>I plan projects, including how long I'll spend on what task. If it's laundry day on Wednesday, I don't have to think about it the other days. I will schedule a day of cooking and cook ten or twelve dinners and freeze them. That kind of thing.</p>

<p>A watch. The old fashioned kind. On a wrist.</p>

<p>My son used to think that he didn't need a watch because he had the time on his phone. But if you have a clock sitting on your wrist, staring you in the face, you are likely to glance at it more frequently than you are to pull the phone out your pocket and look. Plus, you can see it while talking on the phone.</p>