Delegate the Things You Can't or Won't Do
Tips to identify things you really shouldn't do yourself.
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A friend of mine writes:
(@#*$#! I have to do quarterly tax stuff today, and I don't have time to do quarterly tax stuff today.
Well, I reply, isn't it tragic? It seems as if there's always stuff to do that isn't fun. And that's true! There always is—as long as you let it be that way.
Avoid the Productivity Trap
You're falling into a common productivity trap: spending time on stuff you don't enjoy or that you aren't good at. If you don't enjoy something, such as doing your taxes, you won't wake up saying, "Gee! The world is a beautiful place. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, what a great day to do taxes!" Instead, you'll put them off to the last minute (or beyond) and then suffer through every minute. Of course, then you can buy yourself an ice cream to celebrate ... and a gym membership to work it off. For the same price, you could have hired a bookkeeper in the first place.
Why Delegating is Important
We have this great theory that says, “if you want to succeed, work to overcome your weaknesses.” Unh-uh. That doesn't cut it. It turns out that the most successful people concentrate on their strengths and passions, and do everything possible to delegate their weaknesses to someone else. That's why we have administrative assistants. Pair up someone who loves organizing a creative, scattered, I-don't-do-details type, and they'll do far more than if the scattered person tries to develop his own organizing skills. Trust me; I speak from personal experience.