I recently dined with a friend who was positively glowing. She had recently returned from a beach vacation, but her shine owed less to hours of leisurely oceanfront lounging than the content of her beach read. At the advice of her mentor, she had devoured I Know How She Does It, a recently released book exploring the habits of successful professional women and deriving strategies to find (or create) time for what matters most. I haven't (yet) read the book, but as regular readers of this blog know, the topic is near and dear to my heart.
One strategy my friend immediately embraced was outsourcing the cleaning of her home. In tracking how she spends her time each week, this solopreneur recognized that the hours she spent cleaning took her away from productive work on her businesses as well as the self-care and leisure time she craved. By hiring someone to complete a task she didn't enjoy, she is able to work more (thereby earning more), AND play more.
We all have chores we don't enjoy. While it may seem like an indulgence to hire someone to complete them for us, sit down and map out the cost - in time, resources, and energy - of doing it yourself and consider what you could gain - in time, resources, and energy - by outsourcing. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you discover.