Tis the season for Fall afterschool sports and lessons to resume. We
don’t know how our parents did it, killing hours at the soccer field or
dance lessons waiting for us to get done. Perhaps they passed the time
reading actual books or, (yikes!) talking to other parents. We’re just
happy we live in the age of smart phones and personal electronics. Pull
up your lawn chairs and blankets, we’ve got your top tech tips for being productive while you’re at kids’ soccer practice.
1. iPhone, iPad, iPod: Load up that “i” device with Facebook and Twitter, and keep tabs on your real and virtual friends. An internet radio app like Pandora (tuned to the “Styx” station, trust us), and a pair of headphones will provide the background music. Get in some learning listening to podcasts on a variety of subjects using iTunes. (We recommend the Ricky Gervais’ guides on a variety of subjects from natural history to medicine.) Use banking and finance apps to get caught up on your back-to-school budgeting or holiday planning. With Apple’s iPhone/iPod apps, the boredom-killing possibilities are endless.
2. Bring your laptop and digital camera (or video camera) and finally download and organize your photos from this summer. Or last summer.
3. Take the time to load and update all of your calendars. Grab the school calendar and input all the important dates, then sync your personal, kids, and work calendars at once. Take the time and every practice to do this and you won’t miss a meeting, school pick up, or conference all year.
4. Browse recipe sites, meal-plan, and make your grocery lists for week. We like CityMama and This Week for Dinner for recipes and inspiration. Search the “meal plans” in the Apple App store for further kitchen organizational help.