It’s not as crazy as it sounds.
In Part IV of the Ease the Overwhelm series, we are looking at what can we pay others to do for us.
In The Bigger YES! Inside, I mentioned the “haftas’. You know, those things we are extrinsically motivated to do. As in I hafta do laundry, or I hafta get groceries… Or at work, I hafta approve time cards or I hafta research the mean air speed velocity of an unladen swallow.
These things can’t be ignored and they take up <insert whiny voice> so much time!
The answer is to delegate.
In Mustering the Troops, it was delegating to those you know, such as family or colleagues. This week, it’s about literally outsourcing some of the things on your to-do list.
Every year with the spring thaw, my septic system at home gets waterlogged and I can’t do any laundry. I cart everything to the laundromat and do 6 loads at once. While there, I saw the sign about how much it costs to have someone else do your laundry. It’s only $.65 – $1.00 per pound. That’s amazing! I take in baskets of dirty laundry; I get back neat piles of clean and folded laundry.
If you have a career and children, outsource your laundry. This article even gives tips on how to reduce the cost!
Once you break through the mental mindset about outsourcing in your personal life, check out this article, 100 Personal Outsourcing Ideas. From waiting for the cable guy, to meal planning, to getting insurance quotes, this article has it all.
I’m a productivity geek and I was still inspired!
So that leaves work.
I fully admit I have not done this myself. I work for the US Government which requires a security clearance. That makes me really nervous outsourcing anything.
But I am wide open to the possibilities for my side business!
In his book The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss advocates that this is the only way to go. Do the things that only you can do and outsource the rest.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention freelancer.com. Through them, “employers can hire in areas such as software development, writing, data entry and design right through to engineering, the sciences, sales and marketing,, accounting and legal services.
Just imagine all the time you can gain back to be the creative, innovative employee your company so desperately needs!
What is on your personal or professional plate that needs to be done, but does not require your personal touch?
I challenge you to outsource it!
Leaving you with this from the lighter side: There comes a point in the work day when you know you are no longer going to be productive. That moment for me was 9:13 a.m.