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Here it is the end of July – this summer went so fast, but I’m pretty sure I say that every summer. Now that my son is entering high school, it’s gotten even crazier since he has practice for marching band every single day, 9 hours a day a solid two weeks before school even starts. It’s very demanding but I think a very rewarding experience as well. Of course that’s not the only thing we’ve got going on. There’s still karate, and there will be homework since it is high school. I’ve got my “day” job and this blog to run. Hubby has work, our daughter (almost 5) has her activities and of course we’ve still got to fit in family time, fun and friends right? Some weeks I feel like there’s no way I can keep it all together and I am very reliant on planners, calendars, and to-do lists. I swear I’d be lost without them.
Something else I’d be lost without… A versatile computer that solves the problems of the world…errr…I mean meets the needs of my crazy busy family. Obviously we all have very different needs and we all need different functionality so I have actually been considering getting a computer for each person, but I also kind of felt like that was overkill so I’ve sought other solutions and HP has got this figured out.
On my most recent weekly trip to Walmart I decided to check out their computer selection and I never really realized it before, but they have a pretty amazing selection of HP computers. I’m a big HP fan because I’ve always gotten great results with their computer and printer products so it’s a brand I tend to gravitate toward. While I wanted something that the entire family could benefit from, I also love it when there’s something fun, funky or unique about a product and this all new HP Camo Special Edition laptop really fits my family perfectly. With the latest Intel® processor and plenty of storage it gets work done for mom, homework for the high schooler, and the crisp HD screen makes that game play ability for my husband, and video streaming for my pre-schooler is no problem. We’re super outdoorsy and a camping, hunting, fishing family so the fun theme combined with portability and affordability, basically sealed the deal on this.
Having a single device that’s also portable will help my family do two things, 1) it will be a huge help in eliminating the waste of precious time that could be spent doing something more productive and 2) once the works done, it gives the family a device that will also promote creativity and fun. That sounds like a win-win to me. In addition to having a very functional computer that works for the whole family though, there are a few other things I try to do, especially once we get back to school, that help me manage my time better.
BTS Time Management Tips
- Two minute tasks. This is a rule I apply at the office and one I also try to apply at home. Basically, if a task can be completed in two minutes or less, you just do it and get it out of the way. At home this would mean tasks like wiping down the kitchen counters, taking out the garbage, feeding the dog or throwing a load of towels in the wash. You get these small, less complex things out of the way so that they don’t pile up and become huge burdens later on.
- Whether you work from home or from somewhere outside the home, or maybe like me you do both, start your actual work right away, or at least within five minutes of sitting down and switching on your computer and getting yourself organized. Half an hour or an hour wasted here on procrastination or distractions adds up quickly…no Facebook, I can’t…I’m trying to work.
- If you use social media as part of your business, try a scheduler to schedule some of your posts, tweets, etc. in advance. You can take an hour of time and schedule an entire week’s worth of posts with will save you several hours in the long run…because let’s be honest, once we jump on to send out one tweet or a status update, we’re going to get up in the time suck that is social media. It’s a blessing and a curse and for those of us using it for professional reasons, we have to learn how to use it in a productive manner so that it remains beneficial as a business tool.
- Calendars and/or lists. As I mentioned before I live by them, but even if you’re not quite as reliant as I am on them, it’s not a bad idea to jot down your family’s weekly obligations each Sunday and post it somewhere central in the home. That makes it easy for everyone to know where the others are and if cars, parent’s or computers must be shared, it makes it easier coordinate when everyone knows what’s going on. Print your own weekly calendar to keep track of your family’s comings and goings here.
If you like your HP computer like my family does, be sure to visit Walmart to share your thoughts! Encourage other families to shop smart this back to school season with your online review and then tell me, what’s your biggest time waster? What do you need more time for in your day? How would HP computers help you meet some of your families time management goals? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!
Heather @ Country Life, City Wife saysAugust 8, 2016 at 10:50 am
Editing photos for my blog takes up SO MUCH time AHHHH! I had seen the camo HP laptop – have to show the hubs. He’ll get a kick out of that. I’m a big HP fan, too. Since the time I had a 17″ laptop back in the day – that thing was a workhorse! Thanks for the printable, too. I love the little saying at the top. 🙂
Anosa saysAugust 8, 2016 at 11:07 am
I truly believe most of us would be totally lost without our planners, our to-do lists and all this ready available technology.
I am always writing things in my day planner and always updating things on my laptop too.
Francisca Ramos saysAugust 8, 2016 at 12:37 pm
The HP Camo Special Edition laptop is a reasonable price. I like it’s 15.6″, has 4 GB of memory and a Quad-Core Processor. It has advanced technology. I like the laptop and a very good idea to make calendar printables. I look at my calendar every day. If I had more calendars around the house. It would make be prepared and not forget appointments. Thanks for your tip.
Jelli saysAugust 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm
I’m on board with your 2 minute tasks idea. I recently printed out a sheet with 5-min. house cleaning tasks that I can fit into my day. It’s incredible how much you can get done in just a few minutes when you’re really focused.
Dee saysAugust 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm
These are some really cool sheets. I do believe that its important that I track myself so I can see where i spend most of my time.
Bites for Foodies saysAugust 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm
This is one thing I can say that I don’t have an issue with…I am so organized ALL the time! It would kill me if I wasn’t organized!! Calendars are a life-saver and I use them all the time!
Winter White saysAugust 9, 2016 at 12:49 am
I love that HP gets super creative with their designs. If I didn’t have my Mac I would def get an HP. I’ve always used them at work so I know how realiable they are.
Tami saysAugust 9, 2016 at 5:00 am
I’m the worst about getting sucked into Facebook. Part of my work requires being on Facebook, so that makes it even more difficult! Great usable time management tips that I will use.
Kendall saysAugust 9, 2016 at 9:55 am
I love this so much because I’m such a procrastinator! It’s bad – I definitely will be trying starting work as soon as I sit down because I do the exact opposite right now and it doesn’t help at ALL! Haha – Awesome printable idea also! Laptop covers are so fun!
aly mashrah saysAugust 10, 2016 at 5:02 pm
I love it! I haven’t had an HP but they look better and better every time I see them around. Such a great option to have and I love the versatility.
Farrah Less G. saysAugust 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm
I need a fast processor and more room for memory with all photos. Editing and uploading is a lot of work. And I do really need to upgrade my computer very soon. thanks for the input it helps a lot.
Lauren saysAugust 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm
Nice laptop! I like the two-minute task idea. I need to try that tactic!
Stacey Werner - client saysAugust 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm
Social media is definitely my biggest time waster! I wish I didn’t need it for my blog lol