Juggling family responsibilities with the upcoming launch of my home business and other commitments means life can get chaotic quite quickly and ‘me time’ is essentially unheard of. I'm a strong believer that having too much on my plate can do more harm than good for my health and well-being. Recently, I discovered that the secret to achieving some balance back in my life is outsourcing.
Getting some help is about prioritising what need to be done, so that I can spend my time doing what I love. A great way to start is to think about what can be delegated to others, such as cleaning or life admin. These can take up quite a chunk of my weekend, which could be better spent with friends and family. If you're a busy bee like me, you can rejoice – here are 10 hours’ worth of household tasks to consider outsourcing next time you’re pressed on time.
Garden Maintenance - A beautiful garden sets the scene for a serene home life, but keeping on top of those pesky weeds and overhanging branches can take longer than you think. If you’d rather spend your Sunday’s enjoying your garden (instead of working in it), outsource the time-consuming upkeep tasks like lawn mowing, hedge trimming and weeding. Be specific with your requests too, so if you’re growing your own veggies, make planting and mulching a priority. Average time saved – 2 hours.
|Outsourcing gardening jobs means I simply get to enjoy the garden and my homegrown vegetables|
Home Repairs - Fixing something with your own two hands is working hard, but outsourcing home repairs to trusted professionals is working smart. A busy home will need repairs from time to time so instead of waiting around all day for a repairman to arrive, use a skilled member of your community instead. Tasks as small as TV mounting and light bulb changing, or as large as fixing a broken washing machine can be arranged and completed easily, without being a time-suck to your schedule. So the next time a wayward soccer ball cracks a window you’ll know exactly where to turn. Average time saved – 2-3 hours
Life Admin - You know all those pesky, menial tasks that eventually build up into a crazy to-do list? There’s a name for it – life admin. Whether it’s collecting your dry cleaning, paying bills or organising appointments, these jobs can pile up. Delegate your life admin to a ‘personal assistant’ for the day and let them tackle it for you once and for all – you’ll be surprised by how much time you can save. Average time saved – 1-2 hours
Being a mum is a full time job in itself, I find that using these outsourcing ideas gives me the flexibility to enjoy a weekend with Stu and Alexander or catch up with friends. If you’re ready to start delegating like I have, look into online marketplace platforms and apps like Airtasker, which allows you to outsource with the click of a button.