Anyone who knows me knows just how much I love a good old to-do list! I love the feeling of being organised and the satisfaction I get from ticking off each job on my list as I work my way through it.
It’s not just me though, many of us stay organised by writing daily, weekly or even monthly to-do lists whether it’s an old-fashioned list in a notebook or a more technical version using one of the many to-do list apps that have sprung up. However, often, it can feel like we’re adding to the list more than we are ticking things off.
Offloading some of the tasks on your list to a company or service dedicated to doing that specific thing can help you power through your list more quickly — and their years of experience may even mean a better result for you.
From PPI claims to assembling IKEA furniture, there is somebody out there who can do the jobs that you don’t want to do for whatever reason – it may be that they’re time-consuming and you could put your time to better use or it could be that you hate the job and always put it off so it never gets done.
And I totally get that your initial thoughts, especially as you’re probably reading this blog because you’re looking for ways to save, may be that paying somebody to do something you could do yourself is seem lazy, but honestly, outsourcing some work can be 100% worthwhile. Most of us can cook, or at least put together a meal, but that doesn’t stop us from ordering takeaways — sometimes, it feels good knowing that somebody else is doing it for you to give you a well-deserved break.
To give you an idea, here are just a few of the tasks that you could consider outsourcing along with some of the benefits that it could bring to you….
Three Worthwhile Outsourcing Services
I bet you never thought of online shopping as outsourcing, did you?
Most supermarkets now offer this service for both online delivery or collection from store. If you’re flexible with when your shopping can be delivered, for example, if you’re a stay-at-home parent or you work remotely, you can have your shopping delivered from as little as 50p a week.
When you consider the cost of petrol to get to the supermarket; the time spent in the supermarket browsing; inevitably bumping into people you know; and, of course, the long queues, online shopping saves considerable time. If you use the same website or supermarket, it will remember your frequent purchases, meaning you can significantly slash the time you spend online shopping. If you tend to stick to buying the essentials and rely on your auto-populated list to quickly buy what you need, you could also save money in the long run, as there’s a smaller risk of impulse-buying — something we’re all guilty of when we’re walking down shopping aisles and spot an irresistible offer.
It’s now less than a year until the PPI deadline. You may well be sick of the adverts, but time is running out and you soon won’t hear them anymore. If you haven’t got around to it yet, making a PPI claim is worthwhile.
PPI claims companies often get a bad name, due to cold calling tactics and high fees. However, a recent government rule means these companies now cannot charge more than 24% (inclusive of VAT) on your claim. Some companies charge less than this and will do all the legwork for you, including finding out if you had PPI in the first place. The amount of effort you need to put in is minimal.
Your Least Favourite Chore
Which chore do you dislike the most? Laundry, cleaning, cooking? Finding a service to do one of these not only creates more time, but it also eases some of the stress that comes from doing the task. You don’t necessarily need this service doing every day: Outsourcing once a week — perhaps on your busiest day — can be hugely beneficial.
The Benefits of Outsourcing
Some people believe that paying others to do things can increase your happiness. It’s true that outsourcing has multiple benefits, including:
How many items are on your to-do list? Sometimes, a long list can spiral out of hand. With so much to do, it can make many of us feel stressed, overwhelmed and, ironically, less organised. Outsourcing some of these tasks can help to reduce stress. This is important, as stress can have a negative impact on our mental health. Consider outsourcing tasks as an act of self-care.
More Time for Important Tasks
Some items on the list are certainly more exciting, such as planning a children’s birthday party or buying new shoes. Others, such as making PPI claims, seem onerous and continually get pushed down the list. Passing the boring and time-consuming tasks to somebody else enables you to concentrate on other, more important tasks. It can also create time to spend on you — such as going to that yoga class or starting a new hobby.
A US study found that 25% of people cited “fighting about chores” as their reason for divorce. To some people, this may seem extreme, but the study found that those who outsource some of these chores were able to spend more time together as a couple. This extra time can nurture relationships, both with partners and children.
Although outsourcing does cost you money, incorporating this into your monthly budget can make a huge difference. Alternatively, make small changes that provide you with a bit more cash to spend on outsourcing.
Having these things taken care of means you can focus on the other, more important items on your to-do list, your family, and yourself!
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