I Hate Cutting the Grass!
A recent story really got me thinking.
Would you rather pay somebody $25/ week to cut your grass or cut it yourself? (For this example we’ll use my own opinion here, but I hate cutting the grass)
Let’s go on the higher side and say on average that you need your grass cut 38 times per year, a direct cost of hiring someone to do it is $925 for the year. And you need not lift a finger to do it, pay for the upkeep of a lawnmower, gas, etc. But more importantly your time. For me it takes approximately 45-60 minutes start to finish to get out the lawn mower, cut the grass, clean up, edge, etc. In the working world an hour of my is greater than $25, for this example let’s say an hour is worth $50. Naturally if I shift my focus to working an extra hour on my work, I’d actually net an additional $25, without having to cut my grass (which I hate doing anyway)
It can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around, but it makes sense if you take a step back and well actually have the discipline not to park yourself in front of the television for an hour instead.
The main point here is that not only can you shift your focus away from the menial tasks you don’t like doing anyway, but actually have the means of spending your time more effectively thus earning more. Alas the old adage “spend money to make money”.
Of course this concept doesn’t come without faults. This concept works well for those who are good at converting “hours spent into dollars earned”. I don’t like to think in those terms myself, I must admit. I prefer to view my work as value provided converting into dollars, something that is far harder to measure and comprehend. The above example still works, as I know that I can get a lot of work accomplished that would provide a lot of value in respect to the cost of cutting the grass, it’s just a little more challenging to conceptualize. (Something I quite honestly don’t want to bore you to death with, feel free to message me if you really want to discuss that avenue further!)
Here’s my challenge to you, what things in your life do you dislike doing? Can you find ways to hire out that work while at the same time effectively managing your time?
See we all have a set number of hours that we can spend doing things per day. For me I get up at 5:30 every morning and usually my day job takes up my time from 7-7:30-5. From that point I spend some time working on blogging/ spending time with friends/ watching tv/ planning out my future. By figuring out a way to gain myself an extra hour a week that I can use anyway I see fit, it allows me to focus on something that IS meaningful to me. By all means if you enjoy cutting the grass, well than that’s something that can be utilized as a way to decompress. We all have things we don’t like doing, thinking outside of the box, can allow us to shift our focus into other areas!
Really the sky is the limit here and it can be applied in ways you may not have thought of. I see it happen all the time in the workplace. You have a head of a company, higher level management, etc. that needs to get something accomplished. Instead of spinning their wheels or wasting time on areas that are simply just not an effective use of their time, they onboard people who can support them and help them achieve their end goal.
— For the record here, just to be clear… this solution only works if you use your time effectively or on something that provides some kind of value. Don’t think you’ll just make money by simply hiring out, use that newfound time wisely!