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The Most Effective Method of Freeing Up Your Time

Eight for sleep, eight for work, eight for you. This is how smart people recommend to slice your daily hours.

Time is the most valuable resource we have. It’s one of the few things you can’t make more of, no matter how hard you try. Or at least this is what we’re told. But you don’t need to be a genius to realise there is actually a way to make more time.

We can rarely adjust our working hours. We do sleep about eight hours per night, plus or minus. Most of the time wasted, however, is within the eight hours we have for ourselves. That’s when we spend time on social media, when we look outside the window during our commutes, or when we watch TV. I am not going to tell you to give all these up, because these are things that you need to realise yourself.

But there’s something else that most of us do in those eight hours that can be cut away: home chores.

When I tell people I pay for someone to clean my flat and iron my shirts, their first instinct is to think that I must earn a lot of money. Yes, I am fortunate enough not to starve on a daily basis. I have more than enough to do grocery shopping, pay my rent, and buy experiences and travel when I want to.

But paying for someone to take most of your home chores away is not about being rich. It’s simple math and a little bit of common sense.

I am mediocre at ironing and cleaning. I can iron six shirts per hour. If I need to clean my apartment to a high standard, it takes me three to four hours, although I live in a small one bedroom flat. Now let’s do the math.

I pay £8.4 for a dry cleaner to iron 6 shirts. Is £8.4 worth an hour of my time? Hell yeah, any day. £8.4 for an hour of free time? It’s a bargain. Not only that, but I also avoid doing something I don’t like to. At the end of the hour, I’m £8.4 down, but I have six ironed shirts, I’ve had an hour to do whatever I wanted to, and I didn’t get frustrated doing stuff I hate. That’s fantastic ROI.

Cleaning? The same story. I pay £25 for someone to clean my apartment while I am at work. When I come home, everything is taken care of. The apartment is clean without me moving a finger. I don’t need to vacuum, wipe the dust off, or wash the windows during the weekend. It’s all done for £25. Again, fantastic ROI. That’s three to four hours that I can allocate to reading, or working on my side hustle, or going out with my partner.

You can’t go back in time and you can’t become younger. If you look at it like that, then no, you can’t make more time. But you can free up some time, if you choose to pay people to do things for you.

I appreciate not everyone can afford this. But if you can, you have to give it a try. Having time to do things you believe are valuable improves your life quality. There’s no price to put on that.