It’s the holiday season! Are you frolicking or freaking out?
Fortunately, this is the digital age, and help is available in the form of life-hacking technology to help you manage the holiday chaos. Here are five cool ways to keep the season merry:
Have Your House Cleaned. Studies have shown that a clean home can lead to a clear head. Hiring a house cleaning service over the holidays can go a long way in saving your sanity. Check out Care.com, a great place to find reputable cleaning services in your area.
Have ONE To-Do list for your life. We can waste a whole lot of time managing too many lists in multiple formats. Why not keep just one list that you can access and edit from anywhere? Remember the Milk does this for you. Sign up for a free account and organize your tasks by day, priority, type (work, home, kids), and even look up your to-dos by proximity to where you are (via GPS) and check them all off your list. Send yourself reminders by email or text message, and sync to Google Calendar, Evernote or Siri on your iPhone.
Get your groceries delivered. Avoid long lines at the grocery store this season with an online grocery delivery service. Plan your weekly meals and party menus, see all special sales at a glance, and know your total before you check out. It typically costs about $10 for delivery, well worth the few hours of time you’ll save each week. Check out the major local grocers and services available in your area or regional options, like Amazon Fresh , Peapod, Safeway andNetgrocer.com .
Treat yourself to an online stylist. It’s hard to feel festive when you look frumpy. A slew of online style services have popped up to help you look fa-la-la-la fabulous. One called Stylit asks you to fill out a personal style questionnaire, then cross-references it with your budget, body type and personal style to present you with weekly ensembles created just for you.
Stay on track by tracking your workouts. Exercise is a HUGE stress reliever during the holidays, and following a simple, trackable, exercise regimen makes it easy to actually DO your workout and check it off the list with asense of accomplishment. Activity tracking gadgets like FitBit and apps like MapMyFitness, will count how many steps you’ve taken or help you plan a quick run. Or visit our own Koko FitClub, where every workout is guided, tracked and quantified for you.
Here’s to making this your sanest holiday season ever!
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About Michael Wood, Chief Fitness Officer
Michael Wood, CSCS, is Chief Fitness Officer at Koko FitClub, driving the development of integrated strength and cardio training and nutrition programs for Koko members nationwide. A nationally acclaimed fitness expert, Michael has conducted research as a Senior Exercise Physiologist at the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, and has lectured at Boston University and the University of Connecticut. He has been named Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” Personal Trainer, and made the Men’s Journal “Dream Team” list of the nine best trainers in the U.S. Michael and his family live in North Attleboro, MA.