10 Things to Do in the Carpool Pick Up Line

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There are only so many hours in the day that you have to accomplish all the tasks that come with managing a household, and time always seems to pass by too quickly to get everything done. The best way to maximize the time you do have is to make sure you are using your time effectively.  For example, all the time you spend sitting in the carpool line at the school waiting to pick up the kids doesn’t have to be wasted time; instead, use that time to your advantage!  Check out these 10 ideas for utilizing your time in the carpool pick up line:

  1. Create menus.  If you are tired of hearing the family ask you, “What’s for dinner?” then one solution might be to create menus.  Often it’s hard to take the time to sit down and plan out your menus for the week or for the month, but as long as you have 20 to 30 minutes of sitting in a carpool line ahead of you, you have ample time to start brainstorming ideas.  You might even bring along a cookbook to help you find new ideas.
  2. Write up your grocery list.  Once you have your menus planned you can make a list of all of the ingredients you’ll need to create those meals at home.  Having this uninterrupted time will give you the opportunity to write out a list and double check it for accuracy.  You may even save money, because people who shop with a list tend to spend less at the grocery store since they have a plan in place that helps prevent them from buying unnecessary items.
  3. Read a good book.  Bring along your e-reader or a book and enjoy getting into a story while you wait in the carpool line.  Using these minutes to do a little something for yourself can help you reduce your stress levels and maintain a calmer, happier disposition.
  4. Send a note to a friend.  Most people enjoy receiving a handwritten note from a friend they haven’t heard from in a while.  Bring along a clipboard and some note cards and write a few notes to people you haven’t seen or talked to in a while.  They will surely be surprised when they get your note in the mail.
  5. Clip coupons.  Go through and cut out coupons you will use from the local paper.  This often time-consuming task can be done easily in the car while waiting in line to pick up the kids.  The next day you can sort them by category.  This will help you find the right coupons when you need them without a lot of fuss.
  6. Sharpen your brain doing puzzles.  Go online and print off a bunch of different brain teaser puzzles that will test your skills and make you think.  According to Dr. Richard Restak, solving puzzles is one of many different ways that you can stave off Alzheimer’s.
  7. Call a faraway family member.  During the hustle and bustle of day to day life there just isn’t enough time to call and chat with all of your long distance friends and family.  Why not utilize the time you spend in the car by calling people and catching up.  You never know when a call out of the blue could brighten someone’s day.
  8. Clean out your purse or car.  Let’s be honest, cleaning out your purse is easily one of the most tedious jobs you can undertake.  However, messy purses can also be a hassle to comb through when you’re in a hurry and can’t find your keys, or are in desperate need of lip balm. Instead of constantly digging through your purse and dealing with the mess, take some time and clean it out.  Bring along a couple of plastic grocery sacks to sort things into and get busy.  You will probably find that most of the stuff in your purse can be thrown away.
  9. Search for a nanny. There’s a new app called eNannysource that can help you find a nanny for the summer or for other times of the year that you may need one.  Maybe you can find someone else to sit in the carpool line waiting to pick up your kids for you!
  10. Write a love letter/poem.  Get those creative juices flowing and try your hand at writing a love letter or a poem.  Many people took poetry in high school or college, but most have probably not tried to create a poem since high school.

Take advantage of the time that you have while waiting in the carpool line and you may find yourself wishing that the line was a little longer.

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