I want to give you the gift of time. Are you ready?
You just have to make one small decision: will the expected return be greater than the initial investment?
It all boils down to working smarter, not harder.
Leaping Into Outsourcing
When looking to outsource, it helps to know what your time is really worth; it is your most valued and limited resource. Asking someone with more experience to complete a task quicker and cheaper than you can, will ultimately save you both time and money.
Determining where to start with your outsourcing requires you to look at which tasks you hate to do, which tasks you can’t do, and which tasks you shouldn’t be doing. These are the jobs that ought to be passed on, giving you time and energy to focus on what really matters.
Making It Work
Handing over time-consuming jobs gives you more time to spend on things you really enjoy, and helps you to achieve your personal goals. Therefore, delegating schedule-robbing tasks means that you are essentially procuring time.
Outsourcing comes in many shapes and sizes, and it needn’t always be on such a grand scale. It may be as simple as designating a proofreading task to a freelancer, or getting a cleaner in to do the job you hate most.
Assessing which processes can be handled effectively by an external organisation is like giving yourself the gift of time. By delegating tasks and responsibilities to third parties, you are essentially freeing up time. And doing your research ahead of time will give you the best chance at success.
Outsourcing needs to be a strategic move that will help you or your company move forward.
It doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking, though it should be an option that you have prepared for. Carving out more time for yourself is a matter of planning ahead and putting systems in place.
Once you are ready to outsource, you will find that handing over tasks will let you focus with renewed energy and clarity. However, it is important to mark out from the start the outcomes you expect to see. Prioritising and outsourcing a job is one thing, but knowing the best way to use your newfound gift of time is another.
Invest energy in planning strategies by calculating what you aim to accomplish when setting out on the path to outsourcing. By thinking and planning ahead, you will quickly start to see the outsourcing results you are after.
So now the only question you need to ask yourself is, what am I going to do with all this time?!
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