It bothers me that there are only 24 hours in a day. I have design and construction projects, philanthropy and board commitments, and two cute little mini-me’s that need and want my attention. To get everything done, I need at least 20 more hours each day! I’m sure all working parents are singing the same song, and I totally get it. That’s why I maximize my time with several concierge and on-demand services to help me get things done. These services allow me to focus efforts on priority items and get more done with the little time I have.
Ride Share Services
Yes, I have a license. And yes, I have a car. But do I want to spend hours driving around town fighting traffic and focusing on impatient drivers and Google Maps? That answer is an emphatic NO! Ride-sharing services allow me to maximize time in the car while safely traveling to my destination.
In a city like LA, driving to and from construction projects can take 30 minutes to an hour. That’s a hefty amount of time when you do it two or three times a day! Companies like Uber and Lyft provide me a local chauffeur who takes the responsibility of driving off my plate! I can sit comfortably in the back and use that time to check things off my to-do list.
The cost of ride-sharing services is worth it to me when I consider all I get done while using them. I typically take meetings with clients or members of my team while I’m being driven to my destination. I also prepare and look over presentation notes, and research new innovations in my field. Even if I only touch up my hair and makeup, I can focus on looking and feeling my best without diverting attention to people, cars and roads around me.
This is not only beneficial for me personally and professionally. Statistics show that distracted driving is one of the primary causes of accidents today. A Bluetooth headset, while handy, doesn’t alleviate distractions behind the wheel. It’s important to me to maximize safety as well as time, and this is a great way to accomplish both.
Meal Prep Services
When the day is done, I love that I can come home and have a great meal with my boys. On days when the office gets the best of me, I maximize time in the evenings by using convenient meal prep services. These help me create good meals quickly, spend less time in the kitchen and spend more time with my family.
I love using Plated meal prep service because of the entree choices provided. My boys are not picky eaters, but they definitely like certain things. Each week we have a choice of over 20 meals and desserts, which is more than ample for our little family. Every meal provides perfectly measured amounts of ingredients needed to prepare the meal. That takes the thinking out of it for me! Time saved!
What’s more, I love that Plated uses ingredients that are either sustainable caught or raised without antibiotics or added hormones. The company chefs also provide organic when possible, which I love as a parent feeding growing boys. The meals have photos of what the final entree should look like and step-by-step instructions. With recipes that take no more than 45 minutes, my family is sitting down to eat in no time! I highly recommend using meal prep services to shave time in the evenings.
After cooking and cleaning the kitchen, and once the boys are in bed, my efforts to maximize time don’t end! When work is done and the boys are settled, I cannot forget about my self-care! Instead of using precious work time during the day for that, I use on-demand wellness services to help me wind down, relax and prepare for the next day.
I’ve used services like Soothe to provide after-hours massages, which works great for my schedule. The best thing about these services is that they come to YOU! You get personal massage therapy in the privacy of your own space, and at whatever time is convenient for you! Anytime, from 8 am until midnight, you can have a vetted therapist working out the stressors of the day within an hour of setting up an appointment. Tranquility, renewal and time can be yours in abundance when you take advantage of on-demand services that bring you peace of mind.
Contrary to popular belief, the most precious commodity in life is not money. If you lose that, you can get it back. When you lose time, though, it is lost forever. As a busy parent or professional, consider these services to help you maximize time throughout your day. You will quickly see the results in your organized schedule and empty to-do list!