Outsourcing

   

Today our home was made happy by paying two men to come and cut the lawn and the hedge for the pre-winter cut. We live in a corner site and the hedge cutting is a BIG job. I couldn’t be trusted with clippers (seriously), so it falls to Colin and over the past few years there have been a few times we have had to turn to family and church friends for help as his health hasn’t been up to it.

A rare appearance by me on the hedge cutting task!

A rare appearance by me on the hedge cutting task!

 

I wrote in my bullet journal yesterday on my to-do list for the week both tasks, and was thinking that means Saturday morning needs to be dry for Colin to get it done and he needs to be well enough to do it. Literally a few hours later for the first time ever we had a cold call at the door from a gardener who was going to be cutting our neighbour’s hedge today and offered to do ours when he was in the area. He gave me a good price, then knocked a further £10 off it and the lawn done too when I said I’d think about it. So we phoned him last night and said we’d like him to do it.

Our garden this evening. Such a difference to a few hours ago and worth every penny!

Our garden this evening. Such a difference to a few hours ago and worth every penny!

 

And this evening I’m feeling really happy we spent money in this way. Outsourcing makes sense. Some tasks aren’t areas of expertise, others aren’t much fun, some people work so hard that their free time is valuable and needs to be preserved, others (like Colin) need to rest as much as possible when not at work for health reasons. For all these reasons and even if you just fancy a treat, I think it’s really valuable to outsource tasks. For us, I think this will mean a hedge cut once or twice a year now as I can see the value in having others do the task we find tough. I have friends who have cleaners, others get their grocery shopping done and delivered by the shop, people might pay a personal trainer to keep them on task at the gym (although the training itself can’t exactly be outsourced) or a personal shopper to help them pick out clothes. There are so many ways the load can be lifted.

So today I’d encourage you to think about a task that’s been on the to-do list for a while. Is there any way you could outsource it? A DIY task that might be better paying someone to do? Signing up for a year long grocery delivery service and stop going out to the supermarket yourself?