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How to Find More Time in a Day

More Time - Cleaning Services Santa Monica“Ti-i-i-i-i-me is on my side, yes it is…” Such a good song, such a good feel.

When was the last time you felt like that?

Seems that enough time in a day is what we actually want, time to spend with our loved ones, with ourselves, time to do what we truly love. But 24 hours is all we get. Or 16, 17, 18 waking hours – depends on how much you sleep. The only way round the conundrum of finding more time is to make better use of the time you already have.

Since we are a referral agency offering cleaning services in Santa Monica and across Los Angeles, every day we come in contact with people who want to manage their time better. Here are some hacks that we have collected.

Drains, gaps and triage

The guiding principles of time management are: recognize time-eaters, reclaim gap time and focus on what’s important. When you take a close look at your average day, you’ll see where you waste time – working without producing results or having leisure time that doesn’t bring joy. Another thing that will stand out is the gap time you could be overlooking – time between activities that isn’t long enough to start something else, like when you are commuting. Finally, when it comes to the crunch when you have to decide which things you’ll spend time on, prioritizing is the best way (and the hardest, but it pays off).

Robbers and gems

Here are some areas of life where you could be robbing yourself of more time or you could be oblivious to hidden time gems.

Try watching only the most favorite shows on TV or TiVo the shows you’re interested in. Avoid watching the news in the morning, because it has a way of depressing us. Plus, it distracts you from being present in the moment and getting ready for the day ahead of you, both physically and mentally.

Try out an Internet diet. Limit your surfing time to one hour per day. When you know you have a designated amount of time to spend surfing, you’ll do it more consciously and efficiently.

Stop yourself from checking the email for the nth time. Checking emails and responding to them is best done in a chunk of time. It distracts you from other activities. The same goes for voice mail and all kinds of paperwork – deal with it once and don’t go back to it until tomorrow. That will enforce your focus.

Housework is another Bermuda triangle for time. Consider hiring maids in Los Angeles because their job is to do things that are just a chore to you. If you are not convinced this would be money well spent, read this article about reasons for getting professional cleaning services. Otherwise, you could take your cleanliness standards a notch down and approach cleaning as a way to keep things going, rather than achieving spotless shine (which is something professional cleaners could achieve for you).

Be present in the moment as opposed to trying to multi-task constantly. A clear head brings more value to the time you’ve got. On the other hand, some things can get done simultaneously like – waiting in line and organizing your calendar, or waiting in line and reading something. Cooking and washing the dishes could also work. Talking on the phone using a wireless headset and doing a 10-minute decluttering routine could do the trick. Find activities that you can group together in a way that doesn’t sap your physical and mental energy.

Protect your high-productivity time in the day by redirecting calls and not checking the inbox during that time. Find out which period is your peak productivity time and make most of it.

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3 Experts Predict the Future of the Sharing Economy: What Does It Mean for You?

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The “sharing economy” – when private individuals, rather than businesses, rent out their personal property, such as their homes, cars, bicycles or tools – has taken the globe by storm in industries across the board.

Personal assets can be shared easily, quickly, and affordably. In the past decade or so, dozens of websites like Airbnb, Lyft, Uber, and more have promoted the sharing economy and found success.

Now that the sharing economy has gone mainstream, what kind of future can renters and borrowers expect in the housing and vacation rental industry? Homeowners, especially, have many concerns about new issues popping up related to sharing their homes with vacationers.

As more vacation rental sites appear, the focus of the online marketplace will be forced to make some pivots. As such, it’s no secret that the vacation rental industry is poised to make transitions in order to keep it viable for today’s unique consumer.

Here are 3 expert opinions about the future of the sharing economy and what challenges and celebrations may be coming for homeowners and guests.

Rachel Botsman

Rachel Botsman, visiting academic at the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, creator of the world’s first MBA course on the collaborative economy, and author of What’s Mine Is Yours, is most famous for coining the term “collaborative consumption” when discussing this new model of sharing assets.  

Botsman believes the sharing economy model will continue to expand and evolve with newer technologies. Smartphone apps, especially, will see significant growth in relation to sharing economy platforms.

For those in the vacation rental business, it will be increasingly vital to pay close attention to the way their properties are presented. Pictures and features for vacation rental homes should be optimized for mobile app presentation to stay as competitive as possible.

Additionally, Botsman sees this type of collaborative consumption growing into different sectors. Energy sharing platforms and internet connection sharing plans are beginning to take flight in some parts of the world. Those who have an excess of these services are finding ways to share their resources. Homeowners may even discover ways to incorporate energy and Wi-Fi sharing into their vacation rentals for maximum cost efficiency.

Finally, Botsman predicts that this model of collaborative goods and services will branch out into newer markets around the globe, specifically China and India. These countries, which are experiencing massive growth in industry and tourism, are primed for vacation and home rental sharing services like Airbnb and others. For potential property owners, these spots may have top investment potential.

Billee Howard

Billee Howard, founder of Brandthropologie, contributor at Forbes Magazine, and author of We-Commerce: How to Create, Collaborate, and Succeed in the Sharing Economy, focuses her expertise on the business side of the sharing economy and how companies like Etsy, Uber, Airbnb, and others have been able to launch successful business models that make a profit. Howard believes businesses and individuals can find success through collaborative innovation.

Howard insists that telling a story plays an essential role in building trust in the sharing economy for things like vacation rental homes. Homeowners can do more with this by focusing on ways to tell potential renters about their home or space’s story.

It’s also essential to position themselves in a way that is compelling and relatable to potential renters. Instead of a sterile hotel room, today’s room and home renters want something more personalized. They also want to get a little more insight into their hosts and a story brings that to the table – along with trust.

More importantly, people are more likely to buy from people they have a connection with – or more simply, people buy from other real people. Showing transparency in what you’re offering and creating a story people want to be a part of will add to the likelihood that they will choose to rent from you over competitors with less personal messages.

Howard also stresses the importance of powerful content in the sharing economy marketplace. Interacting and completing transactions between private individuals needs to be driven by content that is original, touching or compelling. That way, the product you’re offering stands out among the thousands of others who have joined in on this method of generating income.

Finally, Howard stresses that social media will continue to play a big role in the future of the sharing economy business model. With the rise of various platforms for social media sharing, more users are driving organic content and sharing stories with their friends and followers. This may also help push shared services and goods further beyond the traditional means of ordering and purchasing products.

Alex Stephany

Alex Stephany, author of The Business of Sharing and former CEO of the successful UK-based startup JustPark, details the ways that traditional business methods are being transformed by the new collaborative economy.  

Stephany sees a future where the collaborative culture continues to break ground in new communities and help individuals make money. For homeowners, there could be even more opportunities beyond sharing a residence, such as sharing parking spaces or lawn care equipment. Ideally, people who own assets could take advantage of their ownership and generate revenue by offering to rent to those individuals who are uninterested in investing in assets of their own.

Additionally, Stephany expects individuals to expand their sharing potential to clothing and other personal items. Environmentally, the planet could benefit from the constant use of items that may have traditionally been thrown out.

Finally, Stephany sees more potential for average homeowners to continue making profits. For now, that’s good news – collaborative consumption is gaining popularity and continues to have positive associations. Hosts, drivers, owners, and more are able to capitalize on this hot and expanding industry.

The sharing economy has exploded over the past few years. The industry is truly powered by people and will continue to grow as more innovators find ways to connect owners to potential renters.

Sites and networks allowing individuals to lend out their belongings for profit will provide added sources of financial freedom and entrepreneurial success to some while helping others find what they’re looking for without making significant investments.

 

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Stay Relaxed This Christmas Season

Relaxed Christmas - Cleaning Service Laguna NiguelHow can you have a sustainable Christmas this year? How can you simply enjoy the holidays and rein in the stress that seems to be inevitable? Don’t get swept away by the holiday craze – hold on to these ideas compiled by the most trusted cleaning service in Laguna Niguel.

Trim the to-do list

Just the bare necessities should make their way to your to-do list. This is actually tougher than one would think because we love feeling efficient and having a stark to-do list doesn’t contribute to that. If you find yourself struggling to keep activities off your holiday schedule, remind yourself that your primary goal this season is – to enjoy!

Delegate and ask for help

Asking others to help out with organization will make it easier for you to keep that to do list short. Yes, asking for help is also challenging, but look at it from this perspective – why don’t you give it a real go this year? Ask others for help, give them clear instructions, written if need be, and restrain yourself from intervening if you’re not fully satisfied with the results. The important thing is to be together and keep stress down.

No clean-a-thon

The previous two items apply to this one. Keep things simple and delegate. Will you get more kicks from a pristine kitchen or a nice glass of wine in the company of friends? Yeah. Someone else can do the kitchen.

If your family members are too busy to take on cleaning, or if they cannot be relied on when it comes to scrubbing, give some serious thought to hiring a professional cleaning service. Our professional maids will work around your schedule and give you cleaning results that guarantee your satisfaction. If you need a cleaning service in Laguna Niguel or anywhere else in Orange County, call Maid This! – the most trusted cleaning service in Orange County and beyond.

Decorate wisely

The Big Three – the front door, the tree and a focal point – may be the easiest way to decorate without investing too much time and effort. The spirit of Christmas is inside you!

Give gifts that symbolize your love

Paradoxically, when you have known someone for a long time, or a very long time (like your mom and dad), gift ideas can get exhausted. If it’s not that, gifts can easily exhaust your budget – and your budget has to cover many more things besides gifts. Repeat to yourself that it’s the thought that counts and that money invested in a gift can never ever really show how much you love a person or care about them.

Set a budget

Talking about the budget, it would be best to sit down and calculate just how much is acceptable for you to spend this winter holiday season. If you know what your financial limits are, it will be easier to make decisions when buying gifts, food for the meal, tickets, making reservations, etc. Planning like this in advance can also help to rein in shopping sprees and forestall undesirable debts.

Remember the limits of your powers

You’re no Superman nor Wonder Woman. Stuffing your schedule with visits to family and friends, guest stayovers or parties is highly likely to have both your plans and nerves come undone. Prioritize and plan lighter days after you’ve been to a party or away, so that you can recharge your batteries and enjoy every moment of the holiday magic.

Also, if you are hosting a party, consider making it pot-lucky. You’ll get a variety of tastes and foods without exerting yourself to the point that you only wish the party is over so you can get some sleep.

How about a holiday staycation?

Your home can be a place of undiscovered enjoyment in the holiday season. Is it your tradition to travel round Christmas? Why not experience some R&R in the comfort of your home and in the company of your family only? You may be surprised how different your home can feel when you slow down the pace.

To maximize the delight have your house professionally cleaned by Maid This! We provide premium flat-rate cleaning services in Laguna Niguel and other cities in Orange County and across South California. Get your time back and book a cleaning right now!

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