I will never forget the day I was scrolling through Pinterest and I came across this “inspirational meme”
I thought to myself, yeah girl. GET. IT. DONE. Then I really started thinking about it, as true as this statement may be from a literal perspective that we all have 24 hours in one day, I don't really think it is true with how we allocate those 24 hours. Unless you have a staff of people handling your cooking, cleaning, laundry, transportation, children, business management, etc. you and I have to allocate our time differently than Queen Bey. This is just the fact of the matter, but there is hope for those of use who haven't won 22 Grammys. Here is how I determine when to outsource a task.
1. Determine What I Love Doing
On the home front for me this is cooking and spending time caring for my animals. It is an absolute joy for me to be in the kitchen and prepare healthy meals. Check out a couple of my favorite recipes here and here. I also truly enjoy caring for all of my fur babies and don't mind changing kitty litter and doing the not so fun parts of animal maintenance. My businesses are also my other life passions. On the flip side I determined I can't stand doing laundry, doing the deep cleaning of our house, blowing out my hair, or yard work. Just straight up, not my things and that's just fine.
2. Determine My Rate Per Hour
AKA I figure how much money I would be making if I were working on something else instead of doing something I don't like. Then determine how long it takes to do that task. Next, I price what it would take to outsource that particular task. Cleaning lady, Laundry service, yard work, etc. If I make more at my hourly rate than it takes me to pay someone to do a task I dislike, guess what? It's outsourced. Thankfully since I live in a small town some services are a little bit more affordable than larger metropolitan areas. If you live in a large city, you may have to be a bit more selective in what you outsource but my advice is start with either the least expensive or the task you dislike the most.
3. Enjoy without Guilt
Ok, I have heard my share of the “must be nice” comments… However I one hundred percent believe that you create the life you want to live. Don't let anyone make you feel bad for prioritizing your time.
If something isn't serving you or isn't the highest and best use of your time then outsource it without guilt!