Girl Off Duty
Can you pay someone to live your life?
One of the perks of modern living is that you can choose to ignore all those little chores you hate to do yourself and pay someone to make them go away. But when is it okay to pay, and when should you suck it up and do it yourself? We put a few tasks to the outsourcing test.
We love our puppy pals, but when you get home at the end of a horrendous day and after sinking five too many vodka sodas, the last thing you feel like doing is taking Wilbur for a stroll, that night or the next morning. Enter the dog walkers.
Pros Your pooch gets to run around to his heart’s content, plus it alleviates some of the guilt of sad puppy eyes. Those eyes – they kill a gal.
Cons Pups are like practice for kids and the daily walk is akin to play time. It’s as much about bonding as it is about not wanting to be an absent, irresponsible parent with a fat pet. It’s also great exercise and cheaper than a gym membership. You miss out on both these things by hiring a dog walker.
No, no, we’re not talking about getting someone to chew your food for you (uh, eww!), but if we had to pick one majorly arduous task, it’s grocery shopping. Sure, we love to Instagram #marketlife, but it simply takes too big a chunk out of your weekend. Enter people who will deliver fresh produce straight to your doorstep.
Pros The food is fresh and has fewer strangers’ fingerprints to wash off. “Generally, delivery is within a specific time from leaving the farm to arriving at your door,” says nutritionist Bannie Williams (thehealthyingredient.com.au). “This ensures produce is at its optimal nutrient level.” What’s more, you don’t even have to leave your house and it’s often cheaper than supermarkets.
Cons Depending on where you live, it can be hard to find a reliable delivery service that offers a time slot to fit in with your day. Also, you need to do your research to find the right one. “Ensure it’s coming from a credible service. Ask where farms are located, whether they use organic or artificial pesticides and if they employ sustainable animal practices,” suggests Williams.
Hells no, you can’t plant your Josh Goot-clad butt on a sticky train seat or mix your carefully selected perfume with bus stench! When public transport doesn’t cut it, call in a lift. Private drivers aren’t just for the obnoxiously rich socialites or celebrities anymore...
Pros With apps like Uber, you can have your own chauffeur drive you around at the tap of a screen – no desperate searching for that ray of hope that is a cab light. They’re efficient and offer a far more comfortable ride.
Cons It’s more expensive than public transport or cabs. Pfft!
You spy a hottie sitting at the bar – great smile, amazing eyes, good hair, and surrounded by mates. It’s looking promising until you notice his girlfriend coming back from the bathroom, leaving
you back at square one. Ugh! The dating game is hard in real life, so is it such a big step to call in a virtual matchmaker like eHarmony to take care of the pairing, while you just figure out what to wear?
Pros “Finding a man can be time-consuming, and choosing a life partner is an important decision to make. Particularly if your existing social network doesn’t have you meeting a lot of new people, [outsourcing] can help with the anxiety of finding him yourself,” says relationship expert Gemma Cribb
(equilibriumpsychology.com.au). It’s also great if you work totally cray hours.
Cons “Although dating sites may be able to match you on practical criteria, a lot of what makes a love match is on a non-conscious level,” says Cribb. The laws of attraction really are down to chemistry. “When you find a good match, your brain naturally releases pleasure chemicals. Currently, there’s no way of predicting who you’ll feel this for without getting in front of the person!” So you could be wasting your time...
Anything you think is a genius idea at 1am probably isn’t, and this includes dialling the “one-minute slim-down” infomercial number. No pill, potion or pulsating pant is going to help you get you the bod you want. Unfortunately it just comes down to good ol’ fashioned hating-on-life-during (but loving-yourself-sick-after) workouts. There is one major problem, though – motivation. Luckily, there are people you can hire to get you planking when you want to pike: personal trainers.
Pros “Having a personal trainer can be hugely beneficial when it comes to holding you accountable for sticking to your goals,” says personal trainer Kim Beach (kimbeach. com). “It can be so easy to get off track, especially with your diet, so having a personal trainer to put you through your paces is great for keeping you focused on staying fit and healthy.”
Cons Well, there’s the cost for starters – PTs don’t come cheap. And according to Beach, having a private trainer is not for everyone, even people who can afford it. “If you are very active, regularly eat a wide range of wholefoods and are within a healthy weight range, you probably don’t need to employ the services of a personal trainer. Also, training with friends is a brilliant way to stay active and motivated.”
A recent survey revealed that almost half of us are too ashamed to take a date back to our home because of its messy state! So what’s a gal to do? Spend every weekend cleaning, or call in the pros? It’s a tough call, espesh if you’re not loaded.
Pros You get to be really smug about the fact that your house is gleaming, without having to lift a finger.
Cons If you can afford it, there aren’t many downsides. You do have to get your head around a stranger touching your stuff, though.