Time Management Tip 17: Mechanical Slaves


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how to save time by making productive use of technology

Mechanical slaves are household appliances and  electronics that help your get your work done faster.

Below is a list of my favorites, and how I use them.

1. Freezer:  By spending just a few minutes more preparing a quadruple batch of spaghetti sauce, and freezing the left overs I save time in the kitchen later in the month. I also like to stream line the process of casseroles by freezing my meat cooked and chopped.

2. Crockpot: Throw a meal in before the day gets chaotic. Make it a double batch and freeze the leftovers.

3. Bread Machines(we have 2) My family loves homemade bread, I however have problems planning my day to make room for making bread the old fashioned way, so I leave that up to my yard sale found bread machines to make the dough.

4.Timers: My home has several timers, we use them for everything. Timing school (keeps kids on task) Timing screen time.  Timing chores. Timing Pinterest. You name it we time it.

5. I-touch: I love my i-touch for its time saving apps., including, its timer, note pad, and calendar. I also have apps. on there for things I use to have to log onto the computer for but can now see at a touch, such as e-mail, calorie log, and weather forecasts.

This week take some time to take inventory of your mechanical slaves and how you could use them to their full potential to save your time.

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Introduction: 31 Days Of Time Saving Tips For The Work-At-Home Mom

Day One: Perform a Time Audit

Day Two: Night Owl Or Morning Bird?

Day Three: Where are Your Largest Windows?

Day Four: Making the Most of Small Windows

Day Five: Daily To Do Lists

Day Six: Maximizing The To Do List

Day Seven: Say No

Day Eight: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices

Day Nine: Put Your Time Offenders On a Budget

Day Ten: Combine Joy

Day Eleven: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time

Day Twelve: Making Use of Travel Time

Day Thirteen: Making The Most of Mom Taxi in Waiting Time

Day Fourteen: Take Time to Rest a Few Moments Each Day

Day Fifteen: Tag-Team

Day Sixteen: Involve the Kids

Day Seventeen: Mechanical Slaves (you are here)

Day Eighteen: Outside Help

Day Nineteen: Timer Magic

Day Twenty: Take a Rest Day

Day Twenty One: Less Stuff, Less Mess, More Time

Day Twenty Two: Hold A Family Work Bee

Day Twenty Three: Keep Gatherings Simple

Day Twenty Four: Saving Time in The Kitchen

Day Twenty Five: The Self Cleaning Home

Day Twenty Six: Streamlining Your Homeschooling day

Day Twenty Seven: Create an I Did It List

Day Twenty Eight: Create a Simple Cleaning Routine

Day Twenty Nine: Create To Go Bags

Day Thirty: Making Minimum Standards

Day Thirty One: Treat Life Like a Marathon Not a Sprint



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  1. I love my slow cooker. I have two. I have been debating about a bread machine. Not alot of counter space but we love homemade bread. I’ll have to reevelate my list.

  2. I love all of these and even LOVE the title of your post! I do all of these but the bread maker. I got spoiled after I got a 6qt Kitchen Aid Mixer with the dough hook and I am forever spoiled. But….I don’t make bread as much as I used to. 🙁 But when I do it’s awesome. I use the recipes from Peter Reinhart’s books on Amazon. Ahhhh….mazing! 🙂

    I am such a believer that technology should make our lives easier, not harder and more stressful. It’s all a choice in how we deal with it and use it. 🙂

    • Victoria says:

      I keep burning the motor out of hand mixers and am wondering if I should purchase a Kitchen Aid Mixer instead. Sounds like you really like yours.

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