Imagine the scenario: it’s Monday morning and you’ve just sat down at your desk. To-do list is long, but manageable. Sifting through emails, the to-do list grows, whilst time ticks down. Finally, you get cracking with task number 1. The phone rings, a client wants a document touched up. Another client messages asking for a strategy call before lunch. A reminder pops up to send out invoices. As the day wears on, it becomes impossible to get into stride. No matter how hard you work, the to-do list continues to grow, setting the tone for the rest of the week.
There is a strong chance you’re reading this blog as you have heard about the benefits of hiring a virtual assistant. Whether it’s the range of skills, the efficiency savings or the peace of mind that has piqued your interest, your decision to take the plunge will ultimately boil down to cost. Is it worth the money?
The late Jimmy Guterman, former Executive Editor of business media group NewCo, believed that “the hardest part of becoming a manager is learning what and how not to do”. Executives are self-made. A strong work ethic and an emphasis on ‘getting the job done’ are common and exemplary traits. But, to progress to the next step requires offloading the heavy baggage. Even if you think you could carry it better.
Delegation is nothing short of an art form. Every executive has a unique style, technique and process. Every method can be learnt, practiced and honed. Every executive must master the craft in order to succeed.