2015 kicked off the annual ritual for making New Year resolutions that 92% of us tend to break, but achieving those goals may have gotten a little easier this year, thanks to some extra help from TaskRabbit.
From December 26 through January 26, TaskRabbit saw a record 362 Tasks posted specifically requesting on-demand help with “resolutions,” including everything from dieting and waking up earlier. That number is up 6X, from just 60 resolutions the year before.
Simple organization resolutions like digital decluttering helped account for proof that resolutions can be conquered. See a full list of resolutions Taskers helped complete below.
- Get Organized — Hire a Mom without the Guilt: Organization was the most commonly posted resolution task. Several people hired a DC Tasker for her reputation as a “Mom-for-Hire without the Guilt.” She helped organized offices, closets and a storage unit.
- Grocery Shop for New Diet: Taskers shopped for their New Year’s Resolutions diets, including locating those sometimes hard-to-find healthy groceries. Most common length of this task was once a week for the the first two months of their diet, presumably to get folks on the right path to a “healthy new you.”
- Digital Declutter: Digitized old CDs, family photos and recipes can be a drag. We see Taskers do this task every day during the first couple months of the new year.
- Wake-up Call: Exactly two folks needed a little extra nudge in the morning to get up earlier in the New Year. Taskers called Clients to make sure they weren’t ignoring their alarm clocks.
- Fix What Your Super Won’t: Getting your apartment supervisor to fix squeaky doors, replace high-ceiling lightbulbs, faulty switches, can be like pulling teeth. Skilled Handyman Taskers checked 5-7 of these quick, yet inconvenient, tasks off to-do lists, usually in under an hour.
- Out with the Old: Clients hired Taskers to photo-document their library of old clothes and accessories and post them for sale on eBay. New Yorkers and San Franciscans tended to hire a Tasker with a car to schlep the remaining old stuff to Goodwill for a tax deduction.
- Room Refresh’ with Ikea Delivery and Setup: One of the most frustrating things for the urban dweller without a car is the Ikea item you bought not knowing that it MUST be picked up at the store. Taskers helped Clients pick up Ikea items and deliver them to their apartment for assembly on the spot. Not only saving Clients time, the tasks frequently cost less than the Ikea delivery fee, which doesn’t include setup.
- Oil/Smog Change: “I want to start taking better car of my car this year” said one San Francisco Client, who hired a Tasker to drop off their car at the mechanic for it’s annual oil/smog check and return it to the office before the end of the workday.