A busy work-week takes a toll on your entire life. You have less time to walk your dog and no time to plan for your vacation next month, much less make dinner and do your laundry. Instead of watching your life turn into a tornado, budget for a few extra expenses that make your life easier.
The following eight services take these extra responsibilities off your plate so you can worry about work and still manage to get some sleep at the end of the day. Conder which ones would be most helpful and then add them into your budget.
If you’re a pet owner, you know the guilt of a busy work-week. It means you’re spending less time at home and your pooch is getting less love and attention. In fact, 30 percent of respondents to Rover’s 2018 American Dog Walking Habits survey said they miss dog walks because of a busy day at work.
Use a dog walking service to make sure your furry best friend is getting plenty of love and exercise on the weeks when you’re too busy to give it. There are apps you can use to find local dog walkers, or check with your building attendant if you live in a big city.
Instead of managing all the little tasks in between work meetings, calls and events, have someone else do it for you. For example, with the service Fancy Hands, you pay just $35 monthly for them to complete up to 5 tasks. You may be surprised that their most frequently requested tasks include making appointments, calling the cable company, and researching (I.E. looking for a cleaning service). Instead of finding a restaurant for your client meeting, have someone from Fancy Hands do it for you so there’s one less thing to think about.
Food prep is time-consuming, but eating out every day is expensive and, in most cases, unhealthy. Meal delivery is a service that will make your busy work week easier, and healthier. This, however, is different than a food subscription service, like Blue Apron, because the food comes fully prepared. You can usually get 3 to 7 days of meals, cooked and ready to be eaten.
To get started, you just need to find a meal delivery service in your local area, which will require a little research. Hint: this is a perfect task for Fancy Hands to handle.
What is one your most time-consuming tasks? Laundry—especially you’re recycling a few of your most professional outfits for various meetings and dinners throughout the week. Wash and fold laundry takes this task off your hands so you can focus on getting through your week.
When researching to find the best service, keep a few tips in mind from choosing your dry cleaners:
Finally, don’t forget about pick-up and drop-off. Many newer services offer same-day pick-up and will text you when your laundry is ready. Convenient and easy is ideal during these busy weeks.
If you’re a punctual person, nothing makes a busy week harder than being perpetually late to meetings. Don’t let that slow you down or have you running from meeting to meeting, exhausted and anxious. Instead, spend the money to get where you’re going faster—in a rideshare. You don’t have to worry about parking and can be picked up nearly anywhere, at any time.
While a subway or public transit pass may be cheaper, these forms of transportation aren’t always reliable when you’re already running late. Rideshare will likely get you where you need to go faster.
With a busy week comes stress, which you’re likely holding in your body. We tend to hold our stress in the largest muscle of our body, the psoas, according to Uplift Connect. One way to release that tension is to make time for stretching—and a yoga class is the perfect way to do that.
Instead of stretching at home, where you’ll inevitably be distracted, find a yoga studio. With your head on the mat and your cell phone far out of reach, you’ll be able to relax, open your hips, and release some of that stress.
Few things make a busy week harder than dealing with distractions. You want to be focused during the little down time you have, and noise-cancelling headphones make that possible. Check out a product review guide here from Cnet to find the best pair for your needs and then feel free to get in the zone while the world continues to buzz around you.
A night out with friends means you’ll get plenty of time to vent, beloved, and most importantly: laugh. Laughing literally makes you happier, explains Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health:
“From brain scans and other tests, neuroscientists are compiling evidence that laughter triggers chemical responses in the brain that lead to feelings of pleasure and a sense of well-being. Laughter also appears to go beyond the belly and the brain—arteries respond to it in healthy ways that could improve blood flow and long-term health.”
To make sure you get in a few laughs, head to a funny movie together, or enjoy a night in with your favorite funny movies.
A busy week doesn’t have to send your life into a tailspin. Use these services to make sure everything still gets done, from dog walking to laundry. A little extra help goes a long way during stressful weeks, and the resources are there—you just have to ask for the help.
Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and is currently a full-time writer and business owner—she understands what it’s like to maintain a regular life of busy work-weeks! She shares her life hacks and tips with a variety of publications, including for Reader’s Digest, AARP, Lifehack and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jthiefels and connect LinkedIn.