I Saw An Unsettling Cartoon Today..
by Elysse Curry | on March 26, 2012
I Saw An Unsettling Cartoon Today..
It read… “I just realized I can double your workload and there’s nothing you can do about it…you’re lucky to have a job in today’s economy! You’ll gladly sacrifice your personal lives for no extra pay! But at least your hard work will lead to promotional opportunities for me…so said the boss.”
After reading that cartoon I released a heavy sigh of relief. I’m so thankful I work from home… However, even when working from home and you’re in a situation where your business is expanding and it requires you to handle a heavier workload. You may want to consider hiring a personal assistant. Your life will dramatically change for the better, if you find the right person.
What is a personal assistant? A true personal assistant is someone who’s totally dedicated to you. They’re not a receptionist, secretary, or someone who shares duties with two or three other people. This person is exceptional at helping you free up all the mundane jobs that clutter up your week.
They are brilliant in their activities so that you can focus entirely on what you’re brilliant at. I dreamed of having this person in my life… In fact I’m still on the hunt for my perfect match….Although I work with a virtual assistant that has been very effective and efficient…I say that because you have to be careful in the selection of a key person because it’s critical to your future health. If you select the wrong person, which I did…. I compounded my problems and magnified my frustration.
I strongly suggest that you have a profile made up with the ideal candidate before you start your campaign selection. Do not select someone just because you like them. (Which I did.) Of course you want someone that will be competent in their skills….and you do want to like them, but there are other points that are worth noting.
If you are a controller. Your typical mindset says that nobody can do things as well as you can. And to an extent this may be true. But if your assistant can do these tasks 70% as well initially, with proper training and good communication your well-chosen assistant will eventually be able to do all these activities as well as you and may even outperform you in many of them.
A, great question to ask yourself is how much am I worth per hour? I can remember a time starting out when I was putting in 80 hour weeks. Hopefully your dollar figure is high…and you have come to a realization that you’re running around doing low income activities, and it’s time to give them up!
So if you’re going to work with a personal assistant it’s absolutely imperative at least once a week you schedule time with your personal assistant to discuss your agenda.
The number one thing to remember and the most critical….. is to communicate. Lack of communication is the number one reason potentially great relationships fall apart. As you and your new partner come to learn each others systems. Let them know the key people that you want to spend time with. Here, an assistant can protect you from all potential distractions and interruptions by setting up screening methods.
If you have a great assistant. They may be able to organize and create better ways to help you function in and out of the office. It’s a thing of beauty when this happens.
I’m going to share with you in a future post how I was able to overcome some of the awful time wasters that bugged me big time and that may plague you as well. What you will learn will help you feel more relaxed and able to enjoy life. I am so thankful I found this book The Power of Focus..The Power of Focus: What the World’s Greatest Achievers Know about The Secret to Financial Freedom & Success
I hope you focus on having a great weekend…I plan too.