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10 Ways to Fit More Than 24 Hours Into Your Day

10 Ways to Fit More Than 24 Hours Into Your Day

Life is getting busier and busier leaving many people feeling like they don’t have enough time in the day to get mundane tasks completed or to spend quality time with their family and friends. According to Asian Efficiency, one of the best ways to fit more into your day is not to do the task at all, but to outsource it. The idea is to take things you would do in your everyday life and have someone else do it at a low cost. Everyday tasks such as shopping, gardening and laundry could all be outsourced to a company that completes these tasks for you, freeing up your time for more complex tasks or for more leisure time. The important thing to remember about personal outsourcing is that you absolutely must know how much your time is worth (usually per hour). This is the only way to find out if something is worth outsourcing or not.

Below are 10 examples of things you can outsource in order to fit more than 24 hours into your day.

1. Grocery shopping

A menial task that most of us hate doing, especially when our time could better be spent elsewhere. With most grocery stores now offering delivery and online shopping this not only saves you time but also money as you focus on things you need. Don’t have time to do online grocery shopping? You can still hire personal shoppers who will do the entire thing for you.

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2. Gardening

With so many people opening franchise mowing and gardening businesses there is no better time to take advantage. Call up a few different companies for quotes and go with the option that is most affordable to you. Outsourcing your gardening saves you time and maybe some money, as you won’t have to purchase and maintain gardening equipment.

3. Laundry

According to Asian Efficiency, in most major American cities, people usually spend at least 1.5-2 hours each week doing their laundry. We all hate it but it must be done. And ironing? Don’t even bother. Put everything into a basket and ship it off to your local professional iron lady (pun intended).

4. Everyday errands

Don’t have time to make appointments, follow up on personal tasks or write that important email? Many people now hire virtual assistants to help them with simple things like general administration, emails, filing and making appointments etc. Search Craigslist and you will be sure to find someone with good credentials.

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5. Cleaning

After working a 40-hour week do you really want to spend your weekend cleaning? Didn’t think so! In that case it’s time to find a professional cleaner to do all of the dirty work for you. You may be able to find some cleaners with reasonable rates via Craigslist. Alternatively, do a Google search for cleaners in your local area.

6. Pet walking

We all know exercise is good for us but sometimes you just don’t have time to go for an hour-long walk with the dog every night. There are many professional dog walkers available who are just waiting for you to call them to walk your beloved pooch.

7. Cooking

There are now so many options available for pre-made, good, healthy food. This saves you time, money and also benefits your health in the long run as it is better to come home to a cooked meal rather than buying take away food on the way home. Check out something like Premade Paleo or GenoVive for meal plans.

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8. Handyman tasks

A lot of people have lists full of tasks they need to complete around the house yet never find the time to. Why not hire a professional handyman to come fix that broken light, replace worn out light-bulbs or fix that broken window in the shed. It will be a relief to finally cross off everything that you needed to do without having to lift a finger!

9. Car washing

If your kids are tired of washing the car for a lousy $2 or if you don’t even have kids to wash the car it might be time to call someone to clean it for you. Most car washing rates are low especially if they are local business owners who do it part-time. Again, do some searching and come up with an affordable option. If not maybe ask your neighbor if their kids will do it for some pocket money.

10. Moving

There is nothing worse than having to pack up everything and then unpack everything into a new house. Especially when you are time-poor as it is. Hire someone to come pack your boxes and unpack them once they are moved to the new house. You could even ask some friends if they have any teenagers who would be willing to do this for some quick cash.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. There are, of course, tasks which successful people may not like at all, yet they find motivation to complete them because they recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.

So how to stay motivated most of the time? Here are 5 simple yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and get what you want:

1. Find Your Good Reasons

Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of good reasons behind it.

You may not be able to find good reasons to do some tasks at first but, if you take just a few moments to analyze them, you will easily spot something good. We also have many tasks which don’t need any reasoning at all – we’ve been doing them for so long that they feel natural.

If you’re ever stuck with some tasks you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever, here’s what you need to do: find your good reasons.

Even when you set goals, there needs to be reasons behind these goals. They may not be obvious, but stay at it until you see some, as this will bring your motivation back and will help you finish the task.

Some ideas for what a good reason can be:

  • A material reward – quite often, you will get paid for doing something you normally don’t like doing at all.
  • Personal gain – you will learn something new or will perhaps improve yourself in a certain way.
  • A feeling of accomplishment – at least you’ll be able to walk away feeling great about finding the motivation and courage to complete such a tedious task.
  • A step closer to your bigger goal – even the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on simple and far less pleasant tasks than you might be working on. Every task you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal, and acknowledging this always feels good.

2. Make It Fun

When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything. Different people may have completely opposite feelings towards the same task: some will hate it, others will love it.

Why do you think this happens? It’s simple: some of us find ways to make any task interesting and fun to do!

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Take sports for example. Visiting your local gym daily for a half-an-hour workout session sounds rather boring to some. Yet many others love the idea!

They like exercising not only because they recognize the good reasons behind it, but simply because it’s fun! At certain time of their daily schedule, they find going to gym to be the best thing to do, simply because nothing else will fit their time and lifestyle so perfectly.

Depending on how you look at it, you can have fun doing just about anything! Just look for ways of having fun, and you’ll find them!

A simple approach is to start working on any task by asking yourself a few questions:

  • How can I enjoy this task?
  • What can I do to make this task fun for myself and possibly for others?
  • How can I make this work the best part of my day?

As long as you learn to have the definite expectation of any task being potentially enjoyable, you will start to feel motivated.

Some of you will probably think of a thing or two which are valid exceptions from this statement, like something you always hate doing no matter how hard you try making it fun. You’re probably right, and that’s why I don’t claim everything to be fun.

However, most tasks have a great potential of being enjoyable, and so looking for ways to have fun while working is definitely a good habit to acquire.

3. Change Your Approach And Don’t Give Up

When something doesn’t feel right, it’s always a good time to take a moment and look for a different approach for the task.

You may be doing everything correctly and most efficiently, but such approach isn’t necessarily the most motivating one. Quite often, you can find a number of obvious tweaks to your current approach which will both change your experience and open up new possibilities.

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That’s why saying “one way or another” is so common — if you really want to accomplish your goal, there is always a way; and most likely, there’s more than one way.

If a certain approach doesn’t work for you, find another one, and keep trying until you find the one which will both keep you motivated and get you the desired results.

Some people think that trying a different approach means giving up. They take pride in being really stubborn and refusing to try any other options on their way towards the goal.

My opinion on this is that the power of focus is great, but you should be focusing on your goal, and not limiting your options by focusing on just one way to accomplish it it.

4. Recognize Your Progress

Everything you may be working on can be easily split into smaller parts and stages. For most goals, it is quite natural to split the process of accomplishing them into smaller tasks and milestones. There are a few reasons behind doing this, and one of them is tracking your progress.

We track our progress automatically with most activities. But to stay motivated, you need to recognize your progress, not merely track it.

Here’s how tracking and recognizing your progress is different:

Tracking is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. Recognizing is taking time to look at a bigger picture and realize where exactly you are, and how much more you have left to do.

For example, if you’re going to read a book, always start by going through the contents table. Getting familiar with chapter titles and memorizing their total number will make it easier for you to recognize your progress as you read. Confirming how many pages your book has before starting it is also a good idea.

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You see, reading any book you will be automatically looking at page numbers and chapter titles, but without knowing the total number of pages, this information will have little meaning.

Somehow, it is human nature to always want things to happen in short term or even at once. Even though we split complex tasks into simpler actions, we don’t quite feel the satisfaction until all is done and the task is fully complete.

For many scenarios though, the task is so vast that such approach will drain all the motivation out of you long before you have a chance to reach your goal. That’s why it is important to always take small steps and recognize the positive different and progress made. This is how your motivation can sustain in long term.

5. Reward Yourself

This is a trick everyone likes: rewarding yourself is always pleasant. This is also one of the easiest and at the same time most powerful ways to stay motivated!

Feeling down about doing something? Dread the idea of working on some task? Hate the whole idea of working? You’re not alone.

Right from the beginning, agree on some deliverables which will justify yourself getting rewarded. As soon as you get one of the agreed results, take time to reward yourself in some way.

For some tasks, just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes will do.

For others, you may want to get a fresh cup of coffee and even treat yourself a dessert.

For even bigger and more demanding tasks, reward yourself by doing something even more enjoyable, like going to a cinema or taking a trip to some place nice, or even buying yourself something.

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Your progress may not seem to others like anything worth celebrating but, take time and do it anyway! It is your task and your reward, so any ways to stay motivated are good.

The more you reward yourself for the honestly made progress, the more motivated you will feel about reaching new milestones, thus finally accomplishing your goal.

Mix and Match

Now that you have these five ways of staying motivated, it is a good moment to give you the key to them all: mix and match!

Pick one of the techniques and apply it to your situation. If it doesn’t work, or if you simply want to get more motivated, try another technique right way. Mix different approaches and match them to your task for the best results.

Just think about it: Finding good reasons to work on your task is bound to helping you feel better; and identifying ways to make it fun will help you enjoy the task even more.

Or, if you plan a few points for easier tracking of your progress and on top of that, agree on rewarding yourself as you go; this will make you feel most motivated about anything you have to work through.

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