How Outsourcing Can Save Your Sanity

Published: November 23, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

Are you a sucker for taking on too much and causing yourself undue stress and overwhelm?  I can definitely relate to that as many of my friends will tell you!  The upside is that I get exposure to a lot of new opportunities, but the downside is that I find myself with a ridiculous workload at times and a juggling act that’s hard to maintain.  So what can you do if you’re prone to taking on too much?

The A Team

One of the best ways to reduce stress and even up an out-of-balance workload is to stop trying to do everything yourself.  If you’re a control-freak this is going to put you way out of your comfort zone, but anything worth doing generally involves a little discomfort!

By being smart and delegating or outsourcing as much as you can, you will create more precious time in your day which you can use to either focus on what you do best, or get some well-deserved down-time!  On top of that you will also reduce stress levels and give yourself more space to end the day feeling satisfied and in control rather than overwhelmed and anxious.

Think about the things you do regularly that you find difficult, tedious or just plain annoying.  The chances are all of those tasks are taking you longer to complete than necessary, and are zapping you of energy and motivation – not a good combo.

The key to outsourcing, or delegating, is to build a team around you that you are comfortable giving work to, and this doesn’t just relate to the people you work with or the team you manage.  Think about everyday personal chores like grocery shopping or ironing.  If you hate doing them and they cause you stress or anxiety, then think about how you can outsource them.  For example, perhaps you could start doing your shopping on-line and have a grocery list set up that’s easy to re-order each week.

Importantly, learning to manage your time effectively is about being open to new ways of doing things.  Just because you’ve always done things a certain way and never outsourced before, doesn’t mean it’s still the smart way for you to move forward.

So take a moment now to think about what you could delegate or outsource – here are some examples: –

  • Finances: See a Mortgage Broker to get the best deal, have a Financial Advisor manage your investments, or get your Bank Manager to review your cashflow
  • Health: Get fresh fruit & veg delivered direct to your door, see a Nutritionist to help you plan a healthy diet, get a Personal Trainer to build a great exercise plan for you
  • Career: Learn to delegate tasks to your team, get a Career Coach to help you with your resume and career plan
  • Business: Outsource your social media marketing, get a copywriter to write your newsletter, hire a Virtual Assistant to manage your emails or diary
  • Home: Hire a cleaner, get your ironing done professionally, outsource your gardening, take your car to the car wash …. the list goes on!

Yes, in most cases there’s a cost attached to outsourcing BUT it’s important to recognise how much YOUR time is worth and if it can be better spent doing tasks that you’re an expert in, OR simply having some time out to relax so that you’re energised and motivated to do your job well.

Stop trying to do it all, and instead start to build an A-Team around you so that you can achieve your goals and objectives more quickly, and in the most pain-free way possible!

What do you outsource or delegate?  Post a comment below – I’d love to know!

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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