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xxxTIL Ltd
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ahahhaha definitely I would hire a cleaning person Jul 31, 2009

but also the idea of having a personal trainer does not sound too bad... if only I could afford one.
Can I ask a question guy? How do you schedule your day? Do you have a routine?
Thanks
(just out of curiosity and for personal improvement)


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Mykhailo Voloshko  Identity Verified
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I'd hire a... Jul 31, 2009

...masseur(se)

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xxxInterlangue
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Other Jul 31, 2009

I already have a cleaning lady for the house (could use one for the office though), I outsource accounting and anything linked to computers, network with collaborators and my son is too old for a nanny... If I were rich, I might hire a week-end/hobby/holiday companion

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Mara Ballarini  Identity Verified
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Definitely a masseur(se)! Jul 31, 2009

Mykhailo Voloshko wrote:

...masseur(se)


Me too!

and then a bit of everything else...oh, I would do so many things if I could afford them!!!!


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Siegfried Armbruster  Identity Verified
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Missing options gardener / cook Jul 31, 2009

I do already have a cleaning lady (twice a week, 2x 2 hours) and a proofreader/secretary (5days a week, 6 hours a day), the thing I need next is somebody to help me in my garden, or perhaps a cook.

Siegfried


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Parrot  Identity Verified
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Cleaning person Jul 31, 2009

... but I changed my mind (I can afford it). The problem is, I get paranoid about security (I'm one of those paper-shredders).

Worst-case scenario: what if the cleaning lady started a bank run based on documents she had read on my lectern? (Sure, I'm paranoid, but "lying around" can get out of control in a one-person outfit).


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John Cutler  Identity Verified
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My top 3... Jul 31, 2009

I'd hire people in this order:

1. A good collaborator (It's so hard to find good help these days.)

2. A personal trainer (One of those ones who yells in your face and tells you to stop being such a wimp.)

3. A cleaning person (Don't you hate dusting?!)


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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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I am missing options Jul 31, 2009

A driver would be good. I already have a cleaner and I also work with other professionals (accountant and translators).

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Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
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Schedule Jul 31, 2009

VALENTINA VIGNOLO wrote:

but also the idea of having a personal trainer does not sound too bad... if only I could afford one.
Can I ask a question guy? How do you schedule your day? Do you have a routine?
Thanks
(just out of curiosity and for personal improvement)


I get up at 5 and work till 1. Then I have a break until 4 or 5 and work till 8 or 9.

This is generally it.


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ICL  Identity Verified
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About the top 3... Jul 31, 2009

John Cutler wrote:

1. A good collaborator (It's so hard to find good help these days.)


So true.

John Cutler wrote:
2. A personal trainer (One of those ones who yells in your face and tells you to stop being such a wimp.)


Maybe not one who "yells" at you, but definitely one who takes no excuse for an answer. But since I cannot afford one, I get by with Nintendo's Wii sports, which includes a choice of personal trainer.

John Cutler wrote:
3. A cleaning person (Don't you hate dusting?!)


I hate dusting, but at home we prefer to spend that money on other things, so we take turns about cleaning.


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RichardDeegan
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The one thing I haven't got that would be really helpful and relaxing. The one I had in NY was a joy, but parts, supplies and competent maintenance there were relatively cheap; plus it was fed by an underground spring.
I have a secretary/assistant, cleaning lady, plenty of attorneys and accountants who owe me favors, but a pool would be a godsend where the year-round temps are between 14C and 29C. Unfortunately, not only its proper construction ( for a decent few-hundred meter square pool) but also the parts, maintenance and supplies would cost a fortune here.


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
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Nanny / Cleaner / Gardener / Cook / Secretary Jul 31, 2009

Or preferably someone who could do the lot!

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Noni Gilbert
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Other - two roles - possibly in one? Jul 31, 2009

Someone to do the running repairs at home and in the office (almost invariably little jobs which either I could do myself, or which seem hardly worth the call-out fee for a technician).

And someone to do all the small mending jobs on our clothes. Buttons, torn seams, little holes to darn, hems come unsewn, taking up new trousers...

Of course I can do almost all of this, but do I? Mainly, no. There is always sth a little more urgent, but seeing it all waiting to be done probably brings down the quality of my life!

Oh, and I would like to have a secretary who actually files. I am resigned to the fact that my long-term secretary, whom I inherited 14 years ago, (and who, to give her the credit she deserves, is the most fantastic receptionist) will never do this, however many times I tell her to - and she's still 15 years away from retirement!!

Perhaps next week I shall get round to doing some of the jobs mentioned above. It has to be said that I get a huge amount of satisfaction when I actually do get round to doing these things.

Cheers

Noni


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Sophie Dzhygir  Identity Verified
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I answered a cleaning person Jul 31, 2009

but Mykhailo's idea didn't occur to me before, I would love to have a masseur!!!

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