When I saw my friend Jen (author of Mommy and Daddy Work to Make Some Dough) begin to post about 30 Second Mom, I had to check it out.
30 seconds is a significant amount of time for me. If you think I’m being dramatic, then maybe you have a better grip on the whole time management thing. But, for me, doing something 30 seconds faster means that maybe I can translate that into 30 seconds of “extra” time to run to the bathroom before running to the bus stop, or boil water for tea to take to my desk. Better yet, finding a different way to do something may provide a solution with more long-term benefits—or at least open my eyes to an alternate way of doing something!
Regardless, all of these 30 second increments add up to more free time. They make you more efficient, more accessible, and more able to adapt to changes in what you thought was a ‘set’ schedule. Ok, fine, I am not so busy that 30 seconds is going to make or break my day, but every little bit helps!
30 Second Mom knows that your time is valuable. While many of their tips can save you time, what the name refers to is the time it takes to read one of their tips. It’s not a book, not an article, not even a list, just a quick one- or two-line tip. “It’s a mobile website and app that keeps busy moms ‘in the know while on the go.’”
It keeps you in the loop on all-things-‘mom’; education, parenting, food, technology, beauty! And so much more. This puts the information that you care about in front of you.
Their Mobile Mom App (for both iPhone and Android) gives you the (free!) option of receiving tips on your phone—for you to read or watch as you wait in line at the store, eat lunch at work, sit in the parking lot for kindergarten pickup—whenever you have 30 seconds (or 20 if you’re a fast reader!).
I posted contributor Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan’s “Three before me”, one of my recent favorites, last week. It may free up a few minutes of your time but, more importantly, it fosters independence and self-confidence in your kids. Whether you’re a working parent, a stay-at-home parent, a work-at-home parent, or some combination of them all, I’d be surprised if you didn’t find these tips relevant and resourceful.
You can find 30 Second Mom on facebook, on twitter, directly on the web, the mobile app, and most of the contributors open their pages and profiles for interaction and feedback. They always welcome your suggestions, or your story about how you put one of the tips into action.
Use the next 30 seconds you can find to follow 30 Second Mom (tell them I sent you!), then let me know what you think! Feel free to post a tip that you find particularly good—today or any time!
30 Second Mom was created by mom Elisa All and is contributed to by countless other moms, so you’re in good company!