All posts filed under: Productivity + Life Efficiency

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This is What Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

This year at Taskrabbit, we conducted a survey* to gather information on what moms really want for Mother’s Day.  The results may surprise you: they don’t want flowers. They don’t want candy. And they definitely don’t want balloons.  The answer? They. 👏  Want. 👏  HELP. 👏   Preferably around the house.  Check out three easy ways you can help make Mother’s Day extra special this year.  Gift her lovely smelling clothes. Laundry is one of those tasks that appear harmless on the surface. Sure, it might seem easy enough to pop clothes in the washing machine, but there’s one small plot twist we all overlook: inertia. And don’t even get us started on the “f-word” of laundry… FOLDING. In the words of our favorite Friend, Chandler – could folding laundry BE any more boring? In a word? Nope. So do your mama a favor and book her a Tasker who not only is great at doing laundry but actually enjoys it too. Crazy, right? Gift her help with home organization. Have you noticed that moms are …

When Spring Cleaning Becomes Summer Cleaning

Spring-cleaning. It never seems to happen during spring, does it? Now that summer has officially arrived, our time indoors is likely to decrease while our clutter is likely to grow exponentially. We have a few tips to help refresh your living space so that you have a spick-and-span place to return to after a hot day at the beach.

TaskRabbit Can Help You Catch Up After the Long Weekend

Whether you left town or stayed at home, there are few things more relaxing than a nice, long Labor Day weekend…until the work week snaps you back to reality!  Things can pile up while you’re unwinding, but TaskRabbit can help get your life back on schedule. Whether you need major clean up help after a raging backyard party, or just want somebody to get to the bottom of a sinkful of dishes, we can tidy up for you. If your staycation left you with an empty fridge, a Tasker can help you replenish your kitchen. Still haven’t even had time to unpack?  Allow us to take care of the laundry. If you’ve returned to find an overflow of administrative tasks, we have qualified Taskers who can help you catch up. Hang on to some of the peace of mind you found over the holiday weekend by allowing TaskRabbit to lighten your load.  How can we assist you today?

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My Productivity Secret: Sticking to It

Guest blogger Ethan Austin is the co-founder of GiveForward, an online fundraising network that makes it possible to raise money for loved ones with medical expenses. Follow Ethan on Twitter @ethanaustin. Ninety-nine percent of the time the hard part isn’t knowing the right course of action. It’s having the discipline to stick to it. There are a million and one brilliant blog posts floating around the Interwebz that will tell you what you should be doing to be a more productive human being. This is not going to be one of them. And the reason why is simple: I totally suck at personal productivity so I’d be a total fraud if I gave you advice on how to be a more productive person. So instead of telling you what you should be doing, I’m going to let you in on a secret. You can read all the blog posts in the world with ingenius plans on how to be a more productive human being, but if you can’t stick to the plan, they don’t mean a whole …

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Have Epic Goals? Here’s How to Stay Motivated

In “How to Maintain Motivation When Your Goals Are Epic,” Fast Company‘s Grace Nasri asked several entrepreneurs with pretty huge missions about how they stay motivated. Folks like Arianna Huffington, NASA’s Bobak Ferdowsi, and our very own Leah Busque doled out some lessons from the front lines. From keeping things in perspective to keeping passion at the center of all you do, these tips are at once inspirational and actionable. We hope you take a few moments to read this article today. Call us partial, but we particularly loved Leah’s approach to staying motivated: “I wake up every morning with a singular goal —to push my company as far as I can that day. My company is dedicated to solving a pretty huge problem, and it can be overwhelming to think of the magnitude of this vision. My approach is to choose specific and actionable items to complete each day to move us closer to these goals, and to encourage everyone on my team to do the same. This keeps us on track for accomplishing …


My Productivity Secret: Let the Dogs In

Guest blogger Aaron Hirschhorn, along with co-founder Karine Hirschhorn, converted his love for dogs into DogVacay, a community for dog owners who want an alternative to kennels and the hosts who are willing to bring them into their homes. Follow Aaron and DogVacay on Facebook and on Twitter @DogVacay. My life has gone to the dogs … literally. As CEO of DogVacay, the largest peer-to-peer community for pet services, my day is consistently full. And most of those activities are the same things that you see from CEOs on a regular basis: [pullshow] I meet with my top lieutenants for brief daily meeting so that we can be 100% aligned on our goals as a company. We re-evaluate our top priorities on a regular basis to avoid duplicating work and ensure that we’re focused on the highest value items. I regularly simplify the processes we use daily. This has helped me tackle the pile instead of doing the same things all of the time. I am religious about reading emails and listening to messages and physically …

Brain Efficiency

My Productivity Secret: Train Your Brain for Efficiency

Guest Blogger Matt Faustman is the co-founder and CEO of UpCounsel, a legal marketplace for SMBs that uses a virtual workforce of talented lawyers to reinvent the traditional legal model for businesses. Matt is an outspoken cheerleader for SMBs, B2B technology, and supporting local business communities. Follow him at @matthewfaustman. We are all busy. Whether you are an entrepreneur, store manager, or Lyft driver (possibly all the above), each and every one of us feels busy. How do some people manage to move mountains in a single day while others struggle to complete a basic task list? More impressive are those who have the ability to adopt these efficiency mindsets within their own organizations. Being a student of these individuals and organizations, I have observed four common disciplines, which when put to practice, allow you and a team to accomplish more and seemingly create more hours in your day. Like any good habit, these all take practice and consistency, but are so basic that you could start today. Schedule “Do Not Disturb” Time There are a million …

Lisa Revel

My Productivity Secret: Think Like a Hacker

Guest Blogger Lisa Falzone is founder & CEO of Revel Systems, the “cash register for the 21st century” that offers a fully functional Point of Sale system through mobile technology. Lisa was recently featured as one of the 30 Under 30 Technology Pioneers in Forbes. You can follow her on Twitter at @LisaFalzone.  When you are starting a new tech company, particularly one with the lofty goal of upending and overturning an entrenched industry like the Point of Sale market, the number of people telling you “This won’t work, or “There are too many hurdles,” is truly staggering. And, looking back now, a lot of what they said ended up being true, at least partially: there are often a lot of seemingly insurmountable hurdles, and sometimes what we did didn’t actually work. But, here’s the kicker: We’re still here aren’t we? I’m sure this is the part where everyone expects me to say that Revel persevered by sheer determination and hard work, that we simply had the smartest team and the most elegant solutions to problems. …

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Forming Habits, Mastering Skills, and Surviving the Supermarket Checkout Line

Still haven’t gotten around to making your New Year’s resolutions? Brain Pickings compiled famous resolution lists from Jonathan Swift, Marilyn Monroe, Woodie Guthrie, and Susan Sontag. Our favorite came from Guthrie, “Keep hoping machine running.” With resolutions like this, how could we not be inspired? We decided to make our own resolution here at the TaskRabbit Blog. Each week, we’ll round up our favorite items on productivity, entrepreneurship, and the collaborative economy to share with you here. Let’s get started: Forbes unleashed a little advise on developing new time management habits — from Benjamin Franklin. According to the article, “Twelve Time Management Habits to Master in 2013,” modern psychologists recognize three key elements in Franklin’s approach: he commits to a habit, works on only one at at time, and uses visual reminders. Ever found yourself stuck in the express checkout lane at the grocery store, wondering why all the regular lanes were moving more quickly? Math teacher Dan Meyer decided to drop some science on this common occurrence, and found that express lanes just aren’t …

Post Holiday Chores

Post-Holiday Chores? We Can Help.

Finally. No more cookies to bake, gifts to wrap, hams to glaze… it’s over! But before you can rejoice and ring in the new year, there are a few loose ends to tie up. Like, for instance, that stack of gifts you need to return and exchange. Or those lights lining your house that need to be unstrung and packed away. Or that tree. The one that’s shedding dry needles all over your floor. Relax — TaskRabbits can help with just about all your post-holiday chores. Gift Returns & Exchanges When even thinking about braving the mall agains sends shivers up your spine and you have a pile of gifts to deal with, just turn to a trusty TaskRabbit. Whether you need it returned, exchanged, altered, or donated, TaskRabbits can handle it. Taking Down Decorations Ready to take down the lights, pack up the stockings, and de-ornament the tree? TaskRabbits can help disassemble all your decor and neatly pack and organize it for next year. No need for you to get tangled up in lights. …