(This article first appeared on A Girl In A Dress on Feb 27, 2013)
In an ideal world, we’d be able to handle everything that was thrown our way and have quality time left over for our families and selves. But for most Americans this just isn’t the case. Professional responsibilities command more of our time each year; making any free moments that much more important. Don’t get caught in the trap of trying to do everything yourself. Delegate time consuming tasks and reclaim some hours in your day.
On the surface this time sucking task can appear to be overly simple. Typing numbers in a spreadsheet and making photocopies may be easy, but that doesn’t mean the process is fast. The time you spend at the copy machine, reviewing receipt amounts and entering the data could be better spent on other business projects. Outsourcing this type frees you to focus on key work and keeps you from being stuck in the office after hours.
12. Dry cleaning drop off/pick up (Time saved by outsourcing: 1-2 hours)
Having clean clothes isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. But getting up early or rushing straight home to catch your local dry cleaners is a time inconvenience that impacts your entire day. Outsourcing this tasks liberates you spend time having a real breakfast with your family or an after work meet-up with your friends.
Spending time with your pooch is as important as spending time with any other member of your family. And providing the right type of activity for your pet is a necessity. Some dogs only require two 20 minute walks a day, but many breeds require much longer walks and time outdoors. This may be impossible for many working professional to do themselves due to other commitments. Outsourcing longer walks will ensure your dog is getting everything they need without stretching yourself thin.
It may be the thought that counts, but this time consuming tasks won’t leave you much time for thinking. Between comparing prices, standing in line and wrapping presents; gift shopping can eat up your entire day. Outsourcing this task will not only save you major time but ensure recipients get something they will truly love.
15. Mailing/Shipping (Time saved by outsourcing: 1-2 hours)
We’ve all been to the post office…enough said. Delegating this tasks will ensure your letters, packages and gifts get to where they need to be without monopolizing your afternoon.
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If you could delegate one major task what would it be?
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