How has Technology Alleviated the Plight of Working Mothers?
Imagine a day in your life when you wake up in the morning to find out that you are already late for school/office, your clothes are not at the right place, and no breakfast to kick start your day with. Appalling….isn’t it? Thanks to our mothers, who leave no stones unturned to make our lives so much easy and stress-free.
Right from waking up at the crack of dawn to retiring for the night, working mothers insanely hop from one task to the other, somehow trying to juggle a full-time job with a family life. For a mother, especially the working ones, their mundane yet taxing day-to-day life seems to be an endless cycle.
From the daily grind in the kitchen to the pressure of meeting tight deadlines in the office—the struggle to play the role of an obedient daughter-in law, loving mother, and a caring wife might leave many working women guilty and stressed. The key is to chart out a plan and organize things, in order to strike the right balance between profession and family.
Today, technology has come as a blessing in disguise for working mothers juggling with multiple responsibilities of managing home, kids, and office. In fact, technology is helping today’s working mothers achieve the elusive goal of work-family equilibrium.
The areas that women find the most challenging include time management, task management, multitasking, and switching between diverse roles.
According to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), “an important aspect of work-life balance is the actual amount of time a person spends at work, and there is evidence that long work hours may impair personal health, jeopardize safety and increase stress.”
Here is a list of useful applications that would help them accomplish their goals in a much productive manner:
Educational App: TED App
Ted.com is a definitive place to satiate one’s self with some gripping brain food. Every once in a while, moms need to break out from their mundane thoughts. TED App is regularly updated with videos of radical thought leaders addressing a global audience. They speak on a range of topics under the technology, entertainment, and design umbrella. Mothers can devote some time to browse through the vast library of speeches and presentations, holding their little one’s interest, and save some time for themselves.
Task Management Apps: Google Calendar/Cal (iOS)
These are simple and intuitive apps to schedule daily tasks and reminders. Busy mothers can maintain online calendars which are easily accessible anywhere with a decent internet connection. They can also plan out their routine office assignments, reminders for meetings, and even chalk out a weekend homework timetable for their kids. With a plan at hand, they can easily set priorities and multitask their way out, if needed.
Time Management App: Chronos
At the end of the day, moms do find themselves asking—where has all the time gone? Well, Chronos is a handy tool to help them track down every activity in a given day. The time spent drinking coffee, time spent traveling to the client’s office, that extra hour at the gym and many such slices are intelligently tracked through the Chronos App. The idea is to be conscious of the time wasted on unwanted things and focus more on productive results.
According to a research by Career Builder, “78 percent of American mothers who use the Internet believed it was possible to succeed at parenting and in their careers.” Technology might not be the magic quotient for a perfect work-life balance but has certainly become an invaluable resource for making a working mom’s life much simple and easy. With all that said, working mommies can now look forward to spend some quality time with their kids while ensuring their personal well-being.