Give yourself the gift of time.
Okay, you’ve tried meeting text alerts, time trackers, sticky notes in strategic places, and even paper calendars, but still find yourself harried and stressed with all the things vying for your time. Most people have accumulated so much stuff–both in the workplace and in their homes. Just glance at your desk or kitchen counter, and you’ll probably see stacks of papers, bills, correspondence, etc.
In fact, in a recent survey by Steelcase, a leading designer and manufacturer of office furnishings, 27 percent of office workers described themselves as “pilers,” while 12 percent described themselves as pack rats. Taking care of all that “stuff” requires time and organization. Some people need help just to get organized; others could manage the paperwork, errands and other demands on their time if they weren’t already saddled with so many other chores. That’s when they turn to (or would like to be able to turn to) professionals to help keep them organized, run errands, and see to it that business and personal obligations are met.
One of the best ways to manage is your time is to clone yourself. Find a personal concierge like Nicole Carver of Tampa and Nashville-based Carver Concierge, a multi-tasking, multi-talented professional, certified concierge who can take a lot off your plate and free up your time for other things.
If you think you live without one, ask yourself this question, when was the last time you took a day off in the middle of the week to play hooky with your kids? How long has it been since you actually felt like you could devote all your time to an important new project without having all the day-to-day demands pulling time away from it? Chances are, of all the things that populate your to-do list, many could be delegated to someone like Nicole who is highly competent and skilled, will get to know your particular likes and preferences, and will mirror your taste and style.
Next time you’re feeling like you wish there were two of you, hire a personal concierge. Your sanity will thank you.