As we go through our daily lives have you ever noticed what we actually do with our time? You know the 24 hours each and every one of us has each day.
We all have the same amount of time, yet some of us enjoy every moment, while others are running around like headless chickens trying to get everything that needs doing done!
I’m sure we’ve all used phrases like “I just have so much to do”, “if only there were more hours in the day” and my personal favourite “I could do with a holiday”.
There’s nothing wrong with every now and again feeling a little overwhelmed, but if you find yourself running around like a headless chicken, its time to stop, take a deep breath and figure out what you’re actually doing with your time and whether you’re the right person to do each task.
You Don’t Have To Do Each Task Yourself
I’m a big believer that just because there’s a task that needs doing in my life, that doesn’t mean I have to be the person that does it!
Chores at home such as cleaning, ironing, gardening, washing the car or business related tasks such as admin paperwork, invoicing, completing tax forms, all these tasks take time, but it doesn’t necessarily have to take your time.
I’d even go so far as saying most of these tasks do not bring you any level of happiness nor do they directly take you any closer to your goals in life.
So why do we focus so much of our limited daily energy in trying to make sure we do these tasks ourselves?
The answer is simple, but are you ready to hear it!!!
It’s because that’s what we’ve been told is the right thing to do.
Right for who, I ask!!!
So someone at some point in our lives told us that doing these chores ourselves was the right thing to do and it was part of growing up and taking on responsibility. What a load of rubbish but we still believe it though!!!
Just because you clean you own house or mow your own lawn doesn’t make you any more or less responsible than someone who pays are cleaner and gardener. In fact, as you read on, you’ll see how the person that outsources these task actually has more time to enjoy their life.
And anyway, if i had to choose between others thinking I was responsible and actually being happy, well I’m sure you know what my choice would be!!!!
I am sure at some point in our lives, we’ve all cleaned our own house or washed our own car, but that doesn’t mean that’s still the best use of your time today, does it? Of course not!
I’d Rather Spend My Time With My Son Than Doing Chores
I have a 2 year old son and my life is all about spending us much time as I can with him and because of that, I’m happy to pay a gardener to keep my garden nice and tidy, pay a cleaner to clean the house, take my car to the car wash and a list of other tasks that would leave me feeling exhausted and with little time left to spend with my son.
Now you may not have kids and that’s ok, but that doesn’t mean you should be wasting your time doing the gardening and taking 4 times as much time as a trade professional would take? That’s ludicrous, isn’t it!!!
Let me share with you 2 tasks I would never do myself and I how that can free up some time to pursue some more worthwhile goals!
Task No. 1 – Washing Your Car
Once every few weeks I like to get my car cleaned and today was that day. Of course, I could do this myself at home with a hose, and bucket and sponge, but I really didn’t want to. It brings me no joy doing this task myself and to be honest the guys at the car wash do a much better job.
Here’s a photo of me at my local car wash. There were 10 car washers washing cars including mine. They had all the right equipment to wash cars quickly and a system they followed to make sure every car was washed and dried to the owners satisfaction.
In under 10 minutes I was driving home and my car was sparkling again and even the leather was smelly like new and all this for the nominal fee of £7 (approx. $9 at todays exchange rate). If i’d done this myself, it probably would have taken me at least 1-2 hours and I’d probably want to take a shower afterwards as well.
To me, paying these guys to wash my car is a no-brainer, but I didn’t always think like that and my old way of evaluating things was very rudimentary, if it costs money, I should try to do it myself and save that money. This is a great way to hold you back from living your dream life.
I’ll talk more about how you’ll never get rich if all you do is focus on saving what you have in another blog post.
Anyway, every time I talked to friends about how I needed to get my car washed, the conversation would always comes round to the amount of money it costs to pay someone else to do it and how it made more sense to do it yourself.
Usually I keep my mouth shut, but my inner voice is screaming, don’t you realise that by trying to saving money, its actually costing you your own time. And you can always make more money, but you have an infinite amount of time!!!
Now let’s be honest, we all work for a living and yes we can all wash our own cars if we really wanted to save that £7 I spent to get my car washed, but this choice is about so much more than just the cost of getting the car cleaned, its about how we value our own time and energy and what we choose to do with them.
It would make more sense spending the time you’d take to wash your own car, to learn a new skills or grow your business or my personal favourite spend time playing football with my son. Isn’t that going to make you happier and more fulfilled, and the great part about it, it only costs £7 (the cost of getting someone else to wash my car)!
Task No. 2 – Mowing The Lawn
Gardening is something I just cannot understand. Don’t get me wrong I love sitting in a beautifully landscaped garden and find that very relaxing, but I do not find mowing the lawn therapeutic or enjoyable at all, as some people say they do.
My wife is constantly asking me to buy her a lawn mower and she would happily mow the lawn every few weeks over the summer months.
My response to her is always the same. “Why would you want to spend 1 to 2 hours mowing the lawn and doing the gardening when you could spend that time with your son and we could just pay a gardener?”
In fact for the cost of a lawn mower, our gardener would come and work on our garden every 3-4 weeks for an entire year. I’m not seeing the sense in paying for a lawn mower and then having to pay with my time to use it every few weeks as well.
Again this wasn’t always my attitude but at the start of spring this year my wife asked me to mow the front garden and trim the hedges and she’d pull up all the weeds. I reluctantly agreed and it took us 3 hours to mow the lawn, trim the hedges (and these poor hedges were wavey versus straight when we’d finished with it, and not intentionally) and pull up all the weeds. At the end of it we were exhausted and had wasted a perfect lovely Sunday afternoon.
The next time the front garden needed work, I was straight on the phone to a local gardener. He came over, quoted us a price and I happily gave him the go ahead to do his trade.
In less than 30 minutes there was a knock, the gardener was done. i mean everything, lawns mowed, hedges trimmed, weeds weeded and the garden had never looked so good. It cost me £25 ($32 approx) and I got to spend the time with my son playing race cars. What a bargain!!!
Everything You Do In Life Is By Choice
The reason I’m sharing these stories with you is to help you see that everything you do in your life is by choice, even though sometimes you may think you didn’t choose so.
You always have a choice!!!
Even by not choosing to do something, you are still making a choice.
We all have the same 24 hours in a day and yet we all live such different lifestyles.
Most of us are struggling day to day to find enough time to just get everything done, while others are seemingly sailing through their days only doing what they want to do and having enough time to take up new hobbies, spend with people they care about and even learn new skills.
You may think that having these choices is about money, and you may be partly right. Yes it does cost money to pay a gardener and a cleaner, but having that free time allows me to focus on my business which can potentially bring my more income than the cost of pay for theses services and even if it doesn’t, I’d rather spend that time with my son. It’s about choosing the life you want to live.
And remember, if you choose to use that free time correctly you could gain more value than the financial cost of paying others to do your chores.
Remember doing those chores yourself will always consume you time but will never give you anything more in return.
While paying someone else to do some of these chores, could give you the time to start a business or blog. And this could potentially bring more money to you.
It’s all about your choices. I hope you’re making the right ones in your life.
It’s Time To Take a Good Look At Your Life
What I want you to do is think about how you’re spending your time doing tasks that you could pay someone else you do, often better and in less time.
Perhaps you don’t have kids, perhaps you’re just trying to find an hour each day to read a good book or learn a new skill or start a side business.
Do you have a goal you want to pursue?
Is there a hobbies or skill you’ve wanted to learn?
Are you always wishing you had more time in the day?
Whatever you want to do with your life will involve making changes and often making more free time to pursue your goals.
The easiest way I have found to make free time in my life is to start outsourcing daily chores that I do not have to personally do myself.
Perhaps you should think about doing the same.
I’d love to hear about how you are spending your time and how you’re making time in your life to follow your dreams.
Please share in the comments below what you do to find that extra time in the day to focus on projects, hobbies, business or perhaps just with your family or friends. I love to hear from you.