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Lessons learned from an oven clean

What are you outsourcing just now?

oven before

oven afterI’m going to share a couple of pictures with you, and the first picture is a wee bit embarrassing, but the second one makes my heart sing with joy!

As you can probably tell from the ‘before’ picture, it had been a wee while since my oven was cleaned. We’re talking years, rather than months here. Oh, the shame!

I have had a packet of Oven Pride under the sink for some time now – a ‘joke’ gift from my mother in law, but I’ll be completely honest, I really could not be bothered.

I’m not a fan of cleaning at the best of times (getting a cleaner is on my to do list!), and tackling an absolutely filthy oven was not top of my list of priorities, despite what well meaning people always tell me about how you can just spray the stuff on, leave it overnight and the gunk just comes off. I don’t want to be wiping off gunk!

A business lesson learned from an oven clean

A friendly chap from Scottish Oven Cleaning (highly recommended if you’re in central Scotland!) came round on the day the kids went back to school, and he was in and out in an hour and a half, resulting in the gleaming oven pictured above. It seems a shame to use it again, it’s so lovely and sparkling!

I have no idea how long it would have taken me to do the same job. He has specialist equipment – the racks went into the back of his van, and something (I don’t know what) was plugged into a socket in my garage, so I can only assume it was some heated up fancy cleaning gadget that strips all the gunk off and leaves no trace.

I can actually see through the oven door, it’s amazing!

Do you know what I was doing while Kevin (as that’s his name) was cleaning the oven? Getting on with doing the work in my business that brings in the money to pay for the jobs I hate e.g. cleaning!

What’s my point?

There are always going to be certain things that we don’t want to do or don’t get round to doing in our businesses. Creating written content may well be one of these, and yes, I know, this is my first blog post since June, but when I do get started with the writing process, I wonder why it’s taken me so long to get back to it.

If you’re more of a fan of articulating yourself verbally, perhaps that’s recording videos or doing regular Facebook Live broadcasts, don’t let that valuable content just sit there! If you get it transcribed you can use it again for written content.

And if you do want to get that blog started and you feel more comfortable speaking, why not dictate your thoughts instead. Intelligent transcription can help shape your spoken words into written ones that make total sense.

What do you think? What have you outsourced lately, either in business or at home? Please do comment below, or pop over to my Facebook page and let me know!



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