Even though Congress has extended the length of a day to 27 hours, Americans have only used the extra time to create social networking sites. Today's Groupon helps the distracted stay on top of their hectic day-to-day. For $35, you get four hours of errands from The Riley Group (normally up to a $200 value depending on services). You may redeem your Groupon in hourly increments over up to three sessions or put it toward a heftier number of hours and pay the difference.
The Riley Group's detail-oriented team has plays the unflappable Jeeves to the area's Bertie Woosters. They're well versed in packing a variety of services into three short hours. Valerie and team can open up some "me time" by picking up kids from school and dropping off pets at the vet, and vice versa. In the interim, they might also shop for groceries, buy gifts, and drop off dry cleaning and bank deposits before returning home with a freshly washed and oil-changed car. If you're planning a party, The Riley Group can see to all the details, from the first invitation to the final thank you. And if a vacation is coming up, they can plan your flights, hotels, and rental cars—all without wearing your clothes and creepily speaking in your voice.
Harried home-office workers, meanwhile, can savor a long lunch break while their personal assistant for a day organizes their work space, clears out emails, pays bills, and does Internet research. He or she can even analyze finances and reconcile QuickBooks in time for tax season. The Riley Group will also perform pretty much any other odd job you need odd-jobbed, from human mirror to filling in for your shadow while it's in the bathroom. Call to ask to schedule your tasks.