Mondays, amirite? Getting out the door on time and with the least amount of stress possible is sometimes easier said than done. For busy parents and active kids, saving a few precious minutes in the morning can mean the difference between having a great day or having a blah day. Check out our roundup of some of the smartest and most convenient apps that’ll help take you from bleary-eyed to raring-to-go!

Waze—GPS Navigation, Maps & Social Traffic

While most mapping and GPS apps can assuredly tell you how to get someplace, few apps are as smart (or as indispensable) as Waze has become to the modern road warrior. Thanks to an ingenious algorithm that crunches locations, speeds and updates from other Waze users, this terrific app invariably provides drivers with the fastest, stress-free turn-by-turn routes to their desired destinations—all in voice-navigated real time. Because Waze continually crowdsources map data and live traffic information—including accident reports, traffic jams, police traps and even road debris—from its worldwide base of more than 50 million users, the app’s traffic-defying abilities are uncanny.

In addition, Waze lets users share their ETAs with friends and can help locate the cheapest gas in some markets. Best of all, Waze lets you preset trip details in advance and alerts you when it’s time to get going.

Free on iTunes and Google Play


What apps help jumpstart your day? Tell us in the comments below!

—Kipp Jarecke-Cheng