Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Virtual Assistant


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Business writer Timothy Ferris recommends earning money in dollars and spending it in a currency that goes farther. He runs his business with off-shore support staff managed on-line. I’m not economist enough to evaluate his thinking but am housekeeper enough to consider what’s a responsible buy.

Recent maintenance projects had me using every cheap, disposable imported amenity I could lay my hands on. I never expected to learn the layout of a 99 Cent Emporium. What counts environmentally is daily behavior rather than the odd demand now and then. Living to reduce or eliminate daily waste is the key.

Ferriss’s advice opened my eyes to the wisdom, or lack of it, of buying imported clothing and nearly every doggoned thing else. What’s good value is another topic; what’s good assistance is this one. Ferriss understands that attention is the commodity that’s in shortest supply. A disruptive home maintenance project is a good time to discover local support systems that protect one’s cognition in the face of a heavy work load.

What looks like a ham and cheese croissant from the corner bakery is really a good hour’s prep time and a comfortable break wrapped in a square of recyclable paper. A cheap imported bristle paint brush represents an hour of prep and clean-up time and the additional hour(s) it takes to clean up after cleaning up. Disposable nitrile gloves encourage getting to work, save countless hours of detailing, protect health, and reflect work energies back up the arms the way good insoles reflect muscle energy back up the legs.

Paper table ware speaks for itself, as do bottled drinks and canned vegetables. They ain’t fancy, but they ease peak demand on personal energies.

The laptop on which I type this post is obviously an office staff and then some.

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