Outsourcing life

Another one of the blog topics I thought worth spinning off from The 4-Hour Workweek was about outsourcing life.

In the book, Tim looks at what we you can eliminate, automate and then delegate to a lower cost person/organisation so you can focus your time on the important tasks that perhaps only you can do.

I calculated my time (simplistically) to be worth about $130 per hour, so $10-$20 for someone else to save me that time becomes a no-brainer. This goes to the time leveraging concept I blogged about in Are You Spending Your Time the Right Way?

So it did get me thinking about outsourcing some tasks that will help me drive sales at Adobe, or growth my partners business, or simply get stuff off my plate that I'm not going to be able to complete as time efficiently as someone else might.

So as previously blogged, I've been trialling various Virtual Assistant (V.A.) services. You can read about the start of this journey here: for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

I have ended up staying with GetFriday as they best suit how I want to work. I'm a pretty detailed person so really like to see how someone came to a result and didn't miss something I would have considered vital to the end result. I like GetFriday's pool of assistants that I get access to via my V.A., Prathima, who is excellent in this regards and so far has helped us with our upcoming holiday and now with some tasks for my partner's business, Enflexion.

Key to making this work has been clear task definition, including the time to be allocated to it (checkout my blog on Parkinson's law) so as to avoid 'surprises'.


posted by Lee Gale @ 5:47 PM,


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