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Personal Assistant


5 ways to


OUTSOURCE YOUR LIFE


By Traci Danielson Mitchell


Today we live in a do-it-yourself society. There is nothing out there that we can’t build, repair, organize, cook, and clean—completely on our own. People take a lot of pride in their small personal accomplishments, whether it’s patching up a hole in the living room wall or catering for a crowd of fi fty for your spouse’s surprise birthday party. The downside of taking on each of these tasks is added stress. And that stress can take a huge toll.


While some people truly enjoy doing things for themselves, others opt for the do-it-yourself route to save money. But compounding these extra duties with the pressures of managing a family, career, and some semblance of a social life, means


you could wind up with a hole in the wall that remains an eyesore for weeks and a personally catered party that wasn’t quite what you expected. The bottom line is the more do-it-yourself duties we take on, the less time we have to enjoy many of the other things going on around us.


Today more people are discovering that outsourcing a few of the day-to-day chores is the key to effi ciency, allowing us to live with less stress and enjoy life a little more. Whether you need help with your dirty fl oors, planning a party, or putting together an effective workout, professionals are out there to help you. Here are a few common but all too often passed by trades that exist to make your life easier.


When someone hears the words “personal assistant,” they often have a vision of someone following around their boss, frantically jotting down notes on their BlackBerry just before they rush off to fi ll a request for a cup of coffee. Personal assistants like this do exist for certain execs, but there is a growing category for people who just need a little help getting something organized. Many assistants are detail- oriented professionals who have earned their stripes meticulously planning the “big things” that their clients don’t have the time to manage on their own, such as moving from one home to another, organizing a family reunion, planning a vacation, or just being “on call” for busy professionals who don’t have time to shop for the perfect outfi t for an upcoming event. While personal assistant services are usually priced on a project-by-project basis, they’re well worth it. Try PS Lehman.


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