The first question you need to ask yourself is “what does having it all mean to me?”
Having it all means different things to different people.
When I returned to work after the birth of my first baby my definition of ‘having it all’ was spending most of the week with my family and part of the week progressing my career in a meaningful part-time role. I also wanted to have a clean house on a regular basis, eat healthy meals and exercise regularly.
Whatever having it all looks like for you, consider whether outsourcing could help you achieve it.
These days the options of what can be outsourced seem endless, depending on your budget and willingness.
Nobody said you need to do it all to have it all.
In fact, working mums who try to do it all without any help often experience burnout, exhaustion and unnecessary stress.
Don’t overlook and undervalue your health and well being just because you can’t put a price on it.
When you find yourself thinking about outsourcing something and then telling yourself you can’t afford it, ask yourself – “what is it costing me NOT to outsource this?”
Here’s a list of what you could consider outsourcing:
- Car washing
- Meal preparation
- Food shopping
- Laundry including washing, ironing and folding
- Garden maintenance
- Pet care including grooming and exercise
Chances are you probably already outsource at least one of the items on this list. I hope it’s given you ideas for other tasks that you hadn’t already considered.
In case you’re wondering – no, I don’t outsource everything on this list. Partly for financial reasons and partly because hubby or I enjoy doing some of these tasks.
You might also decide to outsource something short or medium term, especially when you have preschoolers at home. For example I outsource carwashing and am hoping one day to insource this task to my children when they’re old enough.
Have I missed anything? What else do you outsource that’s not on this list?