Life is chaotic. Here is some expert advice on better organising your life.
Last year, an extremely time-poor Melbourne professional, Blair Smith, launched GoFetch: a peer-to-peer personal delivery service.
“We’re what I like to call an ‘on-demand generation’ – when we want something done, we want it done now,” Blair said. “That’s why having someone else do your shopping, deliver your meals or run an errand for you has never been more acceptable and accessible.”
Blair is an advocate for having an extra pair of hands to help out at home and work. He realised he needed to get more organised in his own life, which is how he came to develop a system to help others with theirs.
Here are his top tips for getting more organised:
- Make a list of everything you need to do and prioritise. “Highlight three things that can wait until next week,” he suggests.
- Ask your children to help. If they are of the right age, allocate them each a task and a deadline. “This will not only lighten your load but help the kids understand the efforts you go to and how they can pull their weight.” Soon these chores will become habits, even if there are some hurdles in the beginning!
- Utilise your networks. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! Send a text around to your friends and family asking them to pick up something for you if they’re heading to a particular shop in the near future, such as IKEA, Big W, K-Mart.
- Outsource. Don’t be afraid to embrace emerging technologies and services to help out, Blair says. “You will be surprised by how economical and reliable they have become. It’s not a luxury spend any more.”
- Take opportunities. If your child is at an after school activity and there’s no time to get home and back before the end of the class – take the chance for some good, old ‘me time’. For example, put on your runners and take a brisk walk around the area. “Use the time to listen to music and clear your head,” Blair encourages.
- Be efficient. Have to go to the shopping centre? “Put your car in for a clean whilst you’re running around,” Blair suggests. “That’s two things off your to do list.”