The common complaint I hear, is people just don’t have enough time to get all their work done. But the question is do you really need to be doing all that’s on your ridiculously long to do list? In this article I’ll be digging a little deeper into what tasks are actually taking up so much of people’s time and how to free up your time. So you can focus on things that will actually add value to your business and help to grow it.
Don’t spend too much time on things that aren’t productive.
Checking emails and responding, administrative tasks, bookkeeping, social media marketing, customer service and computer support. Those are a few out of many tasks that so many of us find ourselves doing on a daily basis that take up so much time. But why? I always find myself coming back to this particular saying “If you want something done, do it yourself” so many of us think that we’re better off doing things ourselves as we can do them better. This might be the case on occasion, and short term you think your saving money by doing everything yourself. However in the long run you’ll find your actually wasting time as well as money and your business could start to suffer. This is where outsourcing can really help you to not only ease your headaches but free up your time so you can focus on other aspects of the business that only you can do.
There’s no shame in hanging up a few of those hats and accepting you simply can’t do everything yourself. It might be time to accept your not superman/superwomen you’re simply just human and need a break from time to time. As long as you insist on doing everything yourself, you will never have enough time to do it all, and more importantly quality is likely to suffer as a result.
As the saying goes, you should work on the business rather than in the business. Focus on the things only you can do as a business owner, and delegate all the other tasks to help free up your time and switch your focus to things that will generate income for your business. When was the last time you spent real quality time with your family and friends? By choosing to selectively outsource you might find yourself leaving the office at a reasonable hour and minimising the amount of work you have to do on evenings and weekends. Sounds good right?
Outsourcing might be daunting but is worth it.
Outsourcing is a great way to take some of the pressure off and help ease your constant headache. A lot of people start to consider outsourcing when they find themselves completely overwhelmed with work. However when the work dies down slightly they revert back to wearing too many hats and find themselves back at square one and highly stressed!
Yes outsourcing is a big change if you’ve never done it before and there’s likely to be a steep learning curve as you get used to a new way of working. However, when the dust has settled, I’ve found from past experience that many of our clients wonder why it took so long to start outsourcing, as the process of getting up and running was much, much easier than they ever thought possible.
I’m too busy to start up an outsourcing relationship.
In today’s fast-paced business world there is so much to do and so little time to do it. However you don’t have to jump in headfirst, you can start off slowly. Remember there’s stuff that needs to be worked out behind the scenes in order for things to run smoothly. So it’s important to give yourself that time to sit down with your outsourcer, get to know the team, understand the process etc. and then you can get the ball rolling and gradually feed them jobs you need to be completed.
Planning ahead is key to a successful business. Although you may find yourself swamped with work at the moment and with no time for anything else. The solution to your problem is really to take advantage of the help that’s out there for the taking.
Anticipating when you will need help and planning in advance is key, and can help you save so much time in the future.