5 Technologies to Help Wrangle the Kids

5 Technologies to Help Wrangle the Kids

There was one comment we heard quite a few times when we had our first child: “We never needed <insert tech here> when we had kids! We used <insert manual, character building process here> and we were just fine!“.

Here’s the deal. Technology has advanced so far and so quickly, you’d be a moron not to embrace the technologies that would make your life easier and relieve some of the stresses caused by children. Why torture yourself? Just to say that you toughed it out? Please.

Over the past few years I’ve found myself using the following technologies to help with the kids and to get me a few minutes of peace. I swear I’m not lazy though!

 

Google Chromecast

While my beloved Chromecasts form the basis of my digital entertainment experience, there’s no denying they’ve helped with the kids. Who needs DVDs anymore when I can stream Youtube, Netflix or my local media straight to the TV via an app on my phone?

If you don’t have one, go get one NOW and thank me later. It makes old TVs usable again and will make physical media a thing of the past. The kids will love you for it too!
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Meetings – A Necessary Evil

Meetings - A Necessary Evil

Meetings are seriously the worst. There’s nothing worse than being forced to spend your time on a call or in a room covering the same content you did last week. I struggle to understand why organisations, managers and teams schedule meeting after meeting when none of us really want or need to be there.

The way I see it, a meeting should be a last resort. They should only be held in serious situations or when it will be the most effective way of communicating and collaborating.

Not all meetings are bad of course. In fact, I actually have a pretty fantastic “meeting experience” at work compared to most people I know.

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Being too busy is a Myth

Header Image - Being too Busy is a Myth

I’m currently reading the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss. Groan if you must. I reckon it’s a pretty good book. The concepts he discusses are interesting enough to get you thinking about your own situation which I think is great. In my case it was his take on being busy that inspired me. In fact, within the span of a few days I had a few different resources discuss the concept of being too busy – it’s like the Universe was trying to tell me something!

What being too busy really means.

Being too busy is a myth. We all have stuff to do. What makes one person different to another in this regard? We all have the same amount of minutes in a day. All that differs is how we choose to spend those minutes.

If you’re too busy to do something, it just means that you haven’t made it a priority (yet).

This is why I love the concept of the 4 Hour Workweek. We all busy ourselves with fluff and time wasting activities such that when we go to bed we complain about how little time there was in the day or that we didn’t have enough time to do something we’d planned on doing.

 

Evaluation

The first thing you should do is evaluate the tasks that make up your day. You’ll probably find there are plenty of things you do on a daily basis that are essentially time sinks. You put aside the core, important tasks that will help you move forward, for tasks that are just fillers. These are tasks that may seem important, but really don’t get you anywhere.

Take email for example. How much time do you spend a day checking and responding to email? It’s a big part of most jobs but does it really help you in the long run? Is maintaining a watchful eye on your inbox going to get you that next pay rise? I don’t think so.

Actually doing the things that you don’t really want to do because they involve work or are a challenge, these are the things that will move you forward. Don’t bother with the rest.

When you start focusing your time on the important tasks, you’ll find that you’re no longer “too busy” in the traditional sense.

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Surviving the Newborn Baby Bubble

Surviving the Newborn Baby Bubble

The Baby Bubble as I’ve learned to call it is the bubble or sphere you wind up in when you have a newborn baby. You become so wound up in the baby that the rest of the world fades from existence. The days all blend together and life becomes a blur!

The sleepless nights, early mornings, incessant crying and other baby related unpleasantness bring on a feeling of drowning. It’s bloody hard to deal with!

Don’t get me wrong, kids are a wonderful thing, just roll with it for a second.

You see, we’ve recently been blessed with our second child – a beautiful baby boy!

Being seasoned veterans, I remember thinking, “We’ve done this before! Easy Peasy!”. Boy was I wrong! Read more