A study last year showed that given a set amount of money to spend, those who used it to pay someone to perform the tasks they don’t enjoy gained more happiness than those who bought material goods. So buying yourself some time will improve your life more than buying yourself some shoes. Really, try it.
A home PA used to be the preserve of the wealthy celebrity, but with the advent of pick up and put down services it has become much more affordable for everyday mortals to outsource their domestic chores as well as business ones.
Why do we resist paying someone else to do our chores?
We feel guilty. What gives us the right to ask someone else to take on the tasks we don’t want to do?
Remember that people are all different – things you hate doing are not necessarily hated by everyone. Personally I can’t stand ironing, but there are people who find it a pleasure. The same goes for sorting out paperwork, booking dentist appointments, researching replacement domestic appliances, the list is endless. Someone else will get immense job satisfaction from a task you find unfulfilling.
And there can be unexpected benefits to having a personal assistant to help with your home tasks, as well as extra time to spend on your family or business:
1. It makes you feel calmer and less stressed
A never-ending to do list is a very stressful thing, so is a pile of paperwork waiting for attention. Passing on those tasks you don’t absolutely have to do yourself to a trusted assistant enables you to mentally cross them off the list, which will do wonders for your stress levels.
2. You’ll be able to find things more quickly!
How much time do you waste trying to find that important receipt you just know you put in a safe place? Once your PA has created a foolproof fling system for you, you’ll spend a lot less time searching for things that you definitely, definitely know are there somewhere…
3. Your productivity will increase
In a tidy environment, studies have shown that productivity increases. So if you have jobs around the home waiting to be done, getting someone else to do them will make you more productive.