I often work with busy parents in need of home or office organization and time management services. One of the biggest issues that most parents seem to be dealing with is chronic overcommitment. Parents are trying to manage childcare, chores, work, after school activities and more with little or no assistance. This can lead to a very stressful life and feelings of overwhelm and anxiety. One way to better manage time is to delegate some tasks to others. Here are tasks a busy parent can outsource.
Ask friends or relatives to watch your children, trade childcare services with a neighbor, hire a babysitter, nanny or mother’s helper. Send your child to a daycare, after school camp or summer camp.
If your local grocery store offers online shopping with curbside pick up, try it out. Otherwise, ask a friend or relative, or hire someone to do this chore for you.
You may want to hire a personal chef to help with cooking. You can also consider online meal planning services such as Blue Apron or Freshly. Blue Apron sends you ingredients and recipes for healthy meals. Freshly sends you complete meals.
In addition to giving some cleaning chores to your children, you may want to hire a maid service to clean your home as frequently as you’d like.
Driving or Carpooling
Share carpool or other driving activities with the parents of your child’s friends.
Hire a professional lawn care service, or hire a neighborhood teen to do chores such as mowing and shoveling.
This is another chore that most children can assist with, but there are also dry cleaners that offer wash, dry and fold services.
Hire a dog walker or someone to feed and clean up after your pet.
Hire a personal shopper to help you and your family with shopping for clothing or other items.
If you’re planning a large party, reunion or other event, consider hiring an event planner.
Ask older children or family members to assist younger children with homework. If necessary, hire a tutor to assist with homework.
Hire a professional organizer to help with decluttering, organizing, and time management.