Is the hour your child spends at after-school activities one of your precious few to actually get anything on your to do list done? We get it. We are pros at making the most of limited time, especially for busy parents in New York City.

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Automate Daily/Weekly Chores. Take advantage of new tech services and mobile apps, the associated costs are usually low and worth the freedom from your least favorite (and usually most time consuming) chores. Don’t like to do laundry? Have it picked up and delivered back to your apartment the next day, try WashClub or Cleanly. Hate going to the grocery store? Check out Instacart for delivery from Whole Foods and other specialty grocery stores in your neighborhood, and don’t forget the catch all for food delivery: FreshDirect.

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Set Structure. Organization and structure isn’t just for grown ups; kids thrive in an environment with rules too. Give your kids (and yourself) specific times of day to complete daily tasks. Get specific toy bins, and make sure your kids know that is where toys go every day before dinner. Move silverware to a lower drawer, and ask older kids to help set the table after finishing homework each day. Small tasks like these are time-consuming for parents, but it’s great for kids to help with daily chores because it will not only save time, but it will create a strong sense of responsibility for your kids.

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Delegate. You don’t need to do it all, and you shouldn’t! Spend your time enjoying your kids, instead of filling out those endless camp forms. Delegate scheduling, forms, purchasing and organizing to your personal assistant, and tasks like packing lunch, kids laundry, and snack prep to your babysitter or nanny.

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Need an extra pair (or two) of hands on deck? We got you. Tell us what we can take off your plate hi@gystplease.com or @getGYST.

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