Kitchen Timer--a Simple Time Management Tool

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Time management is a must in today's world. We multi-task, over-book and run ourselves ragged trying to get everything done on-time and well.

Kitchen timers are inexpensive, nifty little tools that can minimize effort and maximize results! Take a look at their many uses.


Uses for Kitchen Timers

ALARM CLOCK: hate the violent wake-up call that some alarm clocks deliver? The gentler tone of a kitchen timer may be all you need to let you know that it's time to start your day.

Just set the timer the night before for the number of hours later that you want to get up. Then put it on your dresser or, in my case, right on the edge of the bed so that it can easily be turned off when it first sounds.

BAKING: baking a cake, cupcakes, pies and the like most assuredly require the use of a timer. What about multi-process recipes where you have more than one step going on at the same time? Better have two, or even three, timers on hand to keep right on top of things!

CLEANING: We know that timers are great for baking but how about cleaning? Oven cleaning solutions take time to do their work. While you're waiting, just set a timer and go do something else. (How to Clean an Oven)

COOKING: many recipes require timers. How about boiling an egg? It can feel like the longest 10 minutes of your life! After you get the water boiling, set the timer and do something else*---sort the mail perhaps?

HAIR COLORING: when coloring your hair, it is essential to process it according to the directions. Mix and apply the solution to your hair, set the timer for the correct developing period and then relax enjoy reading a good book (or a hub) while you wait.

LAUNDRY: ever suffered from laundry pile up? Some of that happens because you forget it after it's put in. Most dryers have timers that ring but not many washers do. So, here's the cure: when you put in that first load of laundry, set a timer to remind you when it's time to put it in the dryer. Keep the process up and before you know it the laundry will all be done!

MEDICATION: if you or a family member has a series of medications to take, it can get confusing. Especially in the case of antibiotics, which work best when taken like clock-work, use a timer to remember that next important dose.

MEETING REMINDERS: do you get absorbed in your work and sometimes run late for meetings? Use a kitchen timer to remind you to drop what you're doing and get moving!

PLUMBING: got a slow drain? Drain cleaners require a certain amount of time--15-45 minutes--to do their job. Set your timer to come back and flush it through with hot running water.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT: got a busy work schedule? Keep yourself on task by setting a time to remind you of when to stop one activity and move onto the next. Decluttering and organizing your home? Set boundaries on the time spent--use a kitchen timer.

*Fire Safety Note: even with the use of timer, it is unsafe to leave the room with food cooking on the stove. If you'll be doing something else while your timer tracks your progress, plan on doing it right in the kitchen where the action is.

Kinds of Kitchen Timers

There are several types of kitchen timers. Mechanical and electronic are two of the most popular types.

Dial Timer: this is the mechanical version. Turn the dial for the amount of time that you want to countdown and it ticks away until the bell finally rings. There are some very cute styles of mechanical timers for kitchen use including those shaped like lady bugs, owls, burgers, cupcakes and farm animals like hens and pigs.

Electronic Timers: These timers are battery-powered and have an analog or digital number display. Enter the amount of time you want to go by until it sounds by pushing buttons on the front. They measure hours, minutes and even seconds. Some versions will sound a one-beep alert 10 minutes before the desired time, two-beeps 5 minutes before and then a continuous beeping at the time you first entered.

Online Countdown Timer: this nifty little website will allow you to set up your own online timer that will ring when the time is up!


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Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row. Follow her here and on Google+, Pinterest and Facebook, too.



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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks ITcoach for the vote up! I appreciate it very much.


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StephanieBCrosby 4 years ago from New Jersey

Kitchen timers are great. I used to be able to remember when I put stuff on to cook or bake, but now I get off track when my kids start running around. I used to love using them to signal starting and stopping points when teaching at the high school level.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Great tips Sinea. Voted up. Whenever I leave the kitchen waiting for something to finish cooking, I have to put the timer on, so I don't forget to come back and check (I'm in the next room). I also set it for cleaning - the Flylady way, you clean for fifteen minutes and then you take a break. I haven't done that for laundry, but I should. I will from now on. Thanks.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

I work in a school office, StephanieBCrosby, and life can get so hectic with constant interruptions that I find having a kitchen timer on my desk is a real help. Haven't missed an appointment or meeting since I started using one.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks for the vote up, MillionaireTips. I can't imagine not using a timer, can you? I'd be lost! :)


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Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

We have a high pitched kitchen timer on a CD/radio attached underneath a cabinet. It comes in handy for recipes and also time management for our 5 yr old granddaughter.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Just the other day I decided to use my kitchen timer this year as a way to keep me on track with my various writing tasks and to force myself to learn to write a little faster (i.e., a hub in maybe 2 hours instead of 5!).


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

That timer sounds scary, Don! LOL.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I use my timer all the time in the kitchen. When I taught special ed, I used it with my students sometimes. The visual for kids can really help! Thanks for all of the great suggestions.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Danette, that is a really great point. Using a timer can help you to be more efficient and even accomplish more! Thanks for pointing that out. :)


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

You're welcome randomcreative!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I use my kitchen timer for SO many things around the house. I'm having a hard time finding one that will last, though. Great Hub


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Hi Mary! I use the digital timers in most cases and have found that the batteries last about 1 year.


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Iamsam 4 years ago

Thanks for the important information about kitchen timer. Yes it is very useful if you use it properly.

Like the hub

Thanks


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thank you, Iamsam. Glad you liked it.


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annart 4 years ago from SW England

Hadn't thought of half those uses. Great! Voted up


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks for the vote up, annart! I appreciate it!


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GmaGoldie 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Sinea Pies,

I used a timer for allot of items. For the kitchen I have started using a hair timer - one I purchased from the beauty supply shop and I am not a hair dresser.

There are so many digital timers and the analog ones are great too.

For fitness classes, I have to have a timer to keep track of what I am doing. For household chores and work items, I find this most helpful.

I wish dish makers such as Corelle and other dinnerware makers would add a timer to their product line so the timer would match. Yes, I am always demanding!


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

GmaGoldie, I've never thought of dishware matching timers but I think you have something there!


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Mama Kim 8 3 years ago

I love my kitchen timer! I use it for most of the things you mentioned plus for time-outs when my little ones are too naughty ^_^

great hub, voting up and awesome ^_^


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Sinea Pies 3 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks so much for the many votes, Mama Kim 8. Kitchen timers are a powerful tool. :)

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