According to a recent study by TransAmerica, 80 percent of workers feel stressed at their job, and 25 percent of individuals report their job as the number one stressor in their lives. This causes an estimated one million people being absent from their jobs every day.
We live in an always-on culture. We check e-mails around the clock, teleconference co-workers three time zones away, and rack up hours far beyond the prescribed 40-hour workweek.
Unfortunately, it’s when we’re sitting at our desk, staring at an overflowing inbox that we’re left thinking, “I just wish I had one day to catch up.” Friday evening to Monday morning just never seems like enough time to run to the grocery store, pick up dry-cleaning, meal-prep for the week, and oh, I don’t know, relax a little?
If you constantly feel as though you can’t get ahead of your day-to-day demands, here are a few tools to help you do just that:
When you don’t have time to grocery shop:
Instacart is an on-demand grocery delivery service available in most major U.S. cities. Delivery fees are more than reasonable, and groceries are delivered to your residence within the hour. Many national grocer chains, such as Safeway and Giant Eagle also offer delivery services.
When you don’t have time for chores:
Whether you need your house cleaned, your walls painted, or your IKEA furniture assembled; Handy offers on-demand services for your home. Plus, they offer 24/7 customer service, so you can find cleaners when you’re in a pinch (i.e. when your in-laws drop-in unannounced).
When you don’t have time to meal-prep:
Sundays are better-spent watching football (or taking naps—we like naps) than creating five days worth of meals. When you don’t have time for your weekly meal-prep, ZeroCater delivers family-style meals to your office, using your favorite restaurants and food trucks in the city.
When you don’t have time for laundry:
When you don’t have time for the heaping loads of laundry (or would just prefer not to do it), Washio can help you out. They offer on-demand laundry and dry cleaning service, with next-day delivery.
When you’ve done all you can do, yet you’re still running late:
You’re running late, so you decide to skip the bus/subway/shuttle and drive instead. Traffic isn’t terrible, but when you arrive you waste all of your time trying to find parking. For those days, Zirx offers on-demand valet parking. They’ll park your car in a safe location until you need it again—at a rate typically cheaper than a garage. If you need an oil change or your tank is sitting on E, they’ll take care of that too.
How do you conquer your day-to-day tasks? What errands do you fight to keep up with? Tells us in the comments!