Yesterday was a bummer. I woke up to a totally dirty apartment, even though I swear I just cleaned everything, and I couldn't get anything done (including cleaning) due to almost total despair. I have an obsessive need for a tidy work space, but I also work and live in the same 250 sq. feet as my husband, cat and rabbit. Needless to say it get's dirty fast, and when everything needs to be done, I get nothing done. 

After a few hours of ignoring life and listening to business podcasts, I wrote down what I would need to make me happy: a maid, a Roomba, laundry service, a dishwasher, and grocery delivery. A girl can dream. At about noon I realized it wasn't going to happen, so I got it together and started cleaning. Once I get going I don't stop, can't stop, not till it's done or I won't finish. Eventually I was in the last aisle of the grocery store feeling like a star when I realized I forgot my wallet at home...Unfortunately that was not the first time I ditched my cart in the aisle and ran to my apartment hoping nothing would melt before I got back.

Then right on time Angel texted to say our tax return came back and that we should treat ourselves. Massages? Fancy dinners? A Hike? No - a maid, a Roomba, laundry service, a dishwasher, and grocery delivery! Well two of those things we can buy, so we had a look on Craigslist, and found a few robots to make our lives easir. 

 
Sadly there are no robots to clean our windows, so Angel got to do it while I made faces at him.

Sadly there are no robots to clean our windows, so Angel got to do it while I made faces at him.

 

First the Pet Series Roomba. It scares the living crap out of your pets but you no longer have to sweep up their hair. In stores it's $500 but we got one used for $180. Win!

This is the opposite of how Lex feels when the Roomba is vacuuming.

This is the opposite of how Lex feels when the Roomba is vacuuming.

Next, we used some Amazon gift cards and a bit of cash to get a table top dishwasher ($265). I am so excited for it to arrive. Dishwashing is my least favorite activity, so I started researching how much time it will save. This blog tests it out, washing a pile of dishes by hand and then loading and unloading the dishwasher with the same amount of work. He saved 23 minutes with the machine, which adds up to a phenomenal amount of time saved over weeks and years. 

I love the idea of automating mundane activities. If you also get frustrated with repetitive tasks and think there must be a better way, there probably is. So there you go, yesterday's post is a day late but progress has been made towards reducing overwhelm. I'll be working hard at my tidy (for now) desk and sending you another update tonight.

Have a great day, and let me know what automation tricks you use in the comments. Remember you can subscribe to my mailing list to get these updates delivered daily.

xo B.

P.S. Here's a new portfolio image to start the day off right:

Redwoods in Flickering Light - Stanley Park, British Columbia

Story: Dappled light flickered low through the trees holding the woods in a peaceful spell. The rain was finally over.

Backstory: I kept walking further off the trail until I found this scene, lit with mirage like beauty for just enough time to set up my tripod and take the shot. The pefection of the moment comforted me long after I had left the forest.

 

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