School is in session, and Mom is the official Chauffeur! I spend way too much time inside my car on a daily basis. The worst is the Elementary School Car Pickup Line. It is a mile long and takes an hour from the time I pull in till I get home with my kids (which is only 5 minutes away). I don’t know about you but I hate to waste time. I made a list of things I can do while in the Car Pickup Line. I thought I would share because I know I am not the only one waiting.
PS. This is also a great list if you are waiting at sports practice, ballet, etc.
Thing to Do in the Car Pickup Line
Check Your Emails & Return Calls
This is a great time to check your emails, respond to the ones in your to do folder, or return phone calls. It is quiet and you have plenty of time to clear them off of your to do list.
Plan Meals for the Week
The hardest part about being organized is finding time to get organized. Take those extra minutes to make a menu plan for the week. Or even create a list of meals that you can pull your menu plans from for the next couple weeks. You even have time to look through those long lost cookbooks.
Grocery List/Clip Coupons
Those free minutes in the car are a great time to clip your coupons and plan your grocery trip for the week. I have even been known to organize my coupon binder while waiting.
Make a To Do List
I always think of things that need to be done at the strangest times. Keep a pen and a notebook in the car to jot down that to do list while you are waiting for the kids. It will make the “to do”ing so much easier when you can remember what needs done.
Who has time to read a book? You do now. Go snag a novel at the library and use your time in the car to read and escape into a story for a few moments.
Technology is so great. If you have a data-plan you can watch your favorite shows right from your smartphone or tablet in your car. Catch up on Grey’s Anatomy while waiting for the kids.
Ha you know the game. It taunts you from facebook, your friends play it, your neighbors play it, and you never had time to play….until now. You can even download the app on your smartphone or tablet.
As a mom it is hard to find quiet time to clear your thoughts. Enjoy these few minutes of free time to clear your mind, listen to music and just zen out before the hustle and bustle begins.
Your time in the pick up line doesn’t have to be wasted! What is your favorite thing to do while you are stuck waiting? Share with us how you pass the time.