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7 Ways Outsourcing Can Make Your Home Life Easier

7 Ways Outsourcing Can Make Your Home Life Easier

Daily life is filled with a seemingly never-ending list of chores and errands that need to be completed in order to make your household run smoothly. Unfortunately, this eats into your quality time with family and friends. The time deficit also makes it difficult for people to do important things for themselves such as committing to a regular exercise routine. Chronic stress is well-known as being linked to the leading causes of death, and it’s also responsible for at least 75 percent of American doctor visits. The good news is that there are many tasks you can outsource in order to free up some of your precious time and improve your quality of life.

1. Online Grocery Shopping

The average person spends at least 41 minutes in the grocery store during each shopping trip. This doesn’t count the associated driving time, nor does it calculate in loading and unloading your vehicle. Additionally, grocery stores have a tendency to be busy, which adds to the overall stress of the experience. Fortunately, many grocers have begun offering online shopping and curbside pickup services that dramatically reduce shopping times.

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As an added bonus, selecting everything online makes it easier to stay within your budget and avoid impulse purchases. You simply put items into your virtual shopping cart and a store employee will do the actual shopping, bagging and car loading for you.

2. Home Repairs

Most people seek out a contractor for major home repairs, but what about smaller home improvement projects? Although you may be completely capable of meeting the demands of these tasks, it’s also wise to consider whether or not they are the best way to spend an entire weekend. Instead of skipping family time, turn to a home repair website or app instead. For example, Smith enables homeowners to quickly and easily receive bids from local contractors for projects of all sizes.

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This type of service is especially helpful because when contractors know they’re bidding against each other, they’re more likely to give you the best possible price. Using a website instead of calling contractors is also a great way to reduce the total amount of time you spend on the project.

3. Family Caregiver Services

An astounding 43.5 million Americans serve as a family caregiver in addition to their normal daily tasks. This puts a massive emotional and time drain on these individuals, but it’s also a crucial aspect of keeping ill family members safe. Many people fill this role because they can’t afford to hire full-time care. It can also be very comforting for the person who is sick to be assisted by someone they know. However, one of the most important things a family caregiver can do for everyone involved is to give themselves some respite care at least once a week by utilizing professional family caregiver services or getting another family member involved.

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4. Monthly Subscription Boxes

Do you enjoy trying new recipes but feel overwhelmed by the time involved in collecting them and gathering the necessary ingredients? Monthly subscription boxes may be the perfect way to keep your creative spark alive in the kitchen without taking an exorbitant amount of time and energy. Services such as Blue Apron put all of the components together for you and send them to your door once a week. You can also experience exotic fare without leaving home with Try the World, which sends food and other items from a different country each month.

5. Laundry Services

Laundry is something that never, ever ends, and it takes a lot of time to sort everything, wash and dry it, fold it and put it away. This becomes even worse if you have to lug your laundry to a shared laundry room or laundromat. You incur the cost of using coin operated machines or of paying for water and maintenance to your own machines. Additionally, there’s the expense of detergent and fabric softener.

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However, there is an alternative to this large time suck: hire a per-the-pound laundry service. These services start at an average of only .93 per pound, and this typically includes sorting, washing, drying and folding. For a slight upcharge, you may even be able to get your laundry picked up and delivered.

6. Use a Lawn Care Company

The typical American spends 70 hours a year on lawn care, which comes out to more than 1.3 hours a week. There are so many other things you could do with that time that would be more emotionally fulfilling. Weekly lawn care services start at only $35, so you need to ask yourself how much your time – especially your free time – is worth. If you have the extra money and don’t take pleasure in doing lawn care, it makes perfect sense to outsource this stressful task and do something more enjoyable instead.

7. House Cleaning Services

Is your house always dusty and cluttered because you don’t have time to deal with it? Or perhaps you spend more than five hours per week keeping everything clean, but you’d rather spend that time at the park with your kids or enjoying a date night with your spouse. Well, the good news is that this is definitely possible by hiring a house cleaner. These services can range drastically in price depending on a wide variety of factors, but the average single family home pays $130 per clean. To put this into perspective, the hourly rate is usually around $25, so you’ll be getting a clean home and recover several hours weekly to attend to personal matters.

As you can see, there are numerous ways that you can free up some of your time without neglecting any of your weekly chores. The cost of these services is often much more in line with what your time is worth than you may have otherwise thought. In fact, most online grocery shopping services charge $5 or less, and that’s definitely worth avoiding the hassle and lost time associated with doing the shopping in-store. There are also several apps available that will help you better manage everything from spring cleaning to assigning cleaning duties to each family member.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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