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Cheer #16) Do Someone's To Do List!
We are all busy. There are timelines, deadlines and even shopping lines. So how would you feel if someone took on your errands for a day? Great right? Now, reverse that and offer your time to someone else.
Why not take some time and completely dedicate it to someone else's to-do list? Everyone needs help this time of year; we all get caught up in seasonal activities, whether it be family parties, religious gathering or traveling. How many times have you picked up a friend or family member's dry cleaning? Groceries? Kids from day care? Imagine the stress you’d relax in them.
It's very simple to do. Easier than you think. You want to start? 3 steps is all it takes.
First, pick someone who truly needs the help. Do they work 10, 11, or 12 hours a day? More? Single parent? There's your person.
Secondly, tell them you aren't taking no for an answer. They may be grateful for your offer, but politely decline. It's your job to not let that happen. The purpose here isn't to receive anything in return. A thank you, money, food, or any compensation isn't the goal behind this day. You are presenting your time for no gain.
Lastly, do not guess at what would ease their daily life. Ask them directly, “what can I do to make your day more pleasant? What do you not have time to do?”
Asking these questions will stir up all kinds of answers from someone, you’d be surprised at how people respond to help. When was the last time someone asked you these questions? Years ago, maybe never? It’s never too late to help others in a simple way. If you can only contribute an hour to someone, they will surely be thankful. Step up, ask questions and realize that a little goes a long way.
John is a Gluten Free Triathlete living in NJ. He can be found on Twitter @GlutenFreeTri & be sure to visit his website for more awesome, healthy advice!