Quick Tip: Delegate or Remove
Take a look at your to-do list.
(You do have a to-do list, right? Of course you do! If not, quick! Make one right now.)
Take a look at your to-do list and then decide what you can delegate or just remove completely.
What are some mundane tasks that you hate to do and can easily pay someone else to do instead? Personally, I HATE laundry. (I wouldn't mind it so much if I had a washer and dryer, but those won't fit in my 440 sq. ft. studio apartment.) So for me, going to the laundromat is a massive time suck and energy drain that would be better spent doing ANYTHING else. At the urging of my business coach, and then the absolute necessity after my car accident when I couldn't physically do it myself, I called around for laundry services.
Best. Decision. EVER.
Is it indulgent? Only in theory. The reality is it saves me tons of time and energy. Plus, it costs a fraction of what my time is worth, I'm supporting a fellow local business, and I don't have to worry about being verbally accosted by screaming children or creepy dudes at the laundromat again. It's a no-brainer.
Not to mention one of the best feelings in the world is slipping into fresh pressed sheets. I highly recommend it.
Maybe you get a housekeeper once or twice a month. Maybe you hire a sitter to watch the kids for a couple of hours so you can run errands in half the time. (and less cost considering how the little people can easily influence impulse purchases.) Maybe you do a one-off of all three to get you caught up while you create a schedule to help you stay on top of it from here on out. Whatever helps open up your schedule.
How to decide what to delegate?
- Determine what your time, sanity and energy are worth monetarily.
- Determine what on the to-do list you hate and/or regularly procrastinate with. Can this be hired out inexpensively?
- Weigh the worth of your time vs. the cost to hire out. If your time costs more, then hire away knowing you'll be saving precious time, energy and sanity that can be better used elsewhere.
Do you *have* to hire? Of course not. If you have children, let them help. Or trade out tasks with a friend. The point of this exercise is to farm out what can be done by someone else so you can put your time and energy into more important things.
Now let's take a look at each task on the list again. Does everything there reeeeeeally need to be done? Or are some tasks things that either A) you know won't happen, B) won't make your life better/easier, or C) ended up there from a recommendation but you don't really care?
Scratch all that off the list, Sunshine!
Guilt free, of course.
Now look! Doesn't your to-do list seem much more manageable now?
Just as we have to remove the excess junk from our homes to make them more organized, we often need to remove the excess junk from our to-do lists to make our schedules more organized as well.
What tasks can you delegate or remove today?