Money doesn’t always lead to happiness, but it can give you options. One of the most important options money can buy is the choice regarding how to use your time.
Time is one of the most limited resources we have. We often say yes to everything as if we have all the time in the world. We don’t. That’s why it’s important to get your priorities straight and make time for the most important things.
How do you do that? The simplest answer is by outsourcing. But yes, that costs money. So what? If you’re not spending money, you’re probably spending time. This is true 99% of the time with a few small exceptions.
While you can always make more money, you can’t necessarily make more time. That said, here are 6 ways to buy back more of your time (with and without spending more money).
1. Pay Someone to Clean Your House
This may sound like something only the rich and privileged do, but you’d be surprised how many people pay someone to come into their home and clean it.
I even played around with this idea myself. When we bought a house, I knew I didn’t want it to be too big because I wouldn’t have time to clean it.
Sometimes I still struggle to find the time to deep clean my home like I know I should. During the day I try to get as much work done as possible when my son’s at school. When he gets home, it can be a struggle to clean up the house and do dishes. I’d rather spend time with him and be fully present for all his funny school stories.
Sometimes you have to pick your battles. You have to decide if you’d rather pay for some help to free up more of your time and make your life easier. Paying for someone to come in once a week and a do a deep clean, while you split up smaller chores with your family on the other days, can be a big help. It may not even cost you a lot.
Instead of using expensive cleaning companies, reach out to a small business owner or someone who’s offering a local service on a gig website.
2. Use a Laundry Service
Doing laundry can be a daunting and time-consuming task as well. I know this sounds like ‘rich people problems’ as well, but don’t underestimate the mental strain this can inflict on someone with an already-packed schedule.
Being able to send your laundry out to get cleaned can provide a huge relief and free up more time for other important things. I talked to one woman who owns a business one of her secrets to getting more done is that she never does her own laundry and uses a service.
She’s a single mom and laundry just falls lower on the priority list so she’d rather focus on making more money and being with her kids instead.
3. Hire a Landscaper
I recently realized that landscaping is a ton of work. It took me several hours just to plant a few flowers under the tree in my backyard. I had to go to the store and buy equipment and pick out the flowers I wanted, dig up weeds, lay down new soil, cover it with fabric and mulch, then start the planting process.
What sucks is that whether you DIY your landscaping or hire someone, you’re still going to spend money either way.
Now, planting flowers or starting a garden can seem like a fun DIY project, but mowing, trimming, and edging is a whole other story.
When you think about if you’d rather be pushing a lawnmower on Saturday morning or going out with family and friends, most o us will choose the latter. It’s easy to find a teen in the neighborhood looking to make some extra money mowing lawns or doing other landscaping tasks – especially if you don’t have the time or energy for it.These simple things can help you save time without costing too much money! Click To Tweet
4. Order Groceries Online
I loathe grocery shopping as much as the next person. I like to stick to my budget and find good deals, so it takes me longer to shop for groceries. I’m pretty satisfied at the end of my trip, but it takes a chunk of time out of my day and I’d rather be anywhere else than in a crowded store.
One of the things I’ve been doing to buy back my time and my sanity is order groceries online. Walmart has a free pickup service where you can order and pay for your groceries online just like you would in the store.
Then, all you have to do is schedule a time to pick them up. You pick them up curbside at the store and someone is there to meet you with all your groceries in bags and load your car up.
It’s so ridiculously easy and doesn’t cost a dime extra.
If you don’t have this service near you, Amazon has a grocery shopping and delivery service that comes with a small fee. I know other stores have been rolling out similar programs to help you save time. It also helps you avoid those tempting in-store impulse buys.
5. Automate Some of Your Online Activity
If you spend quite a bit of time online, see if you can automate some of your tasks to add more time back into your day. Programs like Zapier and IFTTT are great for this.
Say you’re doing research on a current topic, you can set up a formula to alert you every time a specific term is covered online,.
If you follow a certain blog or website, you can set up an RSS trigger to share new links on your social media whenever they publish. If you want the scores for your favorite professional game, you can set up a trigger to text you whenever updated scores are posted.
Finally, if you produce content or are pretty active on social media, you can schedule out content and updates in advance. This way you don’t have to spend time doing it every day. Social scheduling sites like Buffer, Hootsuite, and Planoly are all free to use.
6. Change How You Get Paid
This is an idea that can actually help you make much more money in less time in the long run. Most people get paid by trading their time for money. While it’s common, it’s not the only way to get paid.
The people who hold the most money in society choose to get paid another way either based on their results and/or commission. Getting paid based on your time is safe and that’s why most people choose to do it.
However, if you can master getting paid based on the results you deliver or commission, you’ll have the potential to make way more money and in less time.
You can start by establishing a small side business and offering a product or service. You’ll have the freedom to set your own rates and prices and increase them as demand increases.
If you are helping people get results and solve a problem, they will be more willing to pay you what you’re worth. You can also set up residual streams of income or consider direct sales or affiliate marketing.
These are just options to look into. You can start them on the side of your stable job and income. Changing how you get paid is the ultimate solution for buying back more of your time. Who doesn’t want to make more money without giving up all their time?
Have you ever done any of these things to buy back more of your time? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!