I love outsourcing. I mean who wouldn’t? You get to take your to-do list and hand it off to someone else!
What’s not to love?
However it’s one of the few productivity suggestions that when I mention to people, the response I get tends to be dubious.
The answer I always get is, “Well, I dunno, I like to do things myself.”
I’m a control freak, so I get it. Letting someone else be responsible for a part of my business (even if it is only a very small one) can feel scary. But if I can get past the control freak fear, then why can’t other people.
I think that most people actually aren’t afraid to outsource – they just don’t know where to start!
For example, if you asked a child if they wanted to give up their chores, of course they’d be happy. But when you tell them they have to pick just one — the choice becomes a bit more difficult. Read more
You ever do this? You look through your email – and mark all the stuff you don’t want to deal with as “unread” because you’ll get to it later. But the thing is you never do!
You know you’ve played this game with your email too.
An email inbox is just another thing to get clogged and untidy. I know what it’s like to have thousands of unread emails and it something that can so quickly spiral if you don’t stay on top of it. I even created a whole course around it.
I’m not the only person who has tried to tackle the issues brought up by email. Ann Gomez, a productivity whiz from Canada, has recently published her book, “The Email Warrior: A Succinct, Practical Guide to Help You Corral an Unwieldy Inbox.” Like me advocates trying to keep your inbox at zero – her approach can clear your inbox in less than 3 hours!
I was thrilled when Ann asked me to write a blurb for the back of her book. Here’s what I said:
“As a big believer of lists, there is one list that I do not like – and that is a long list of emails sitting in one’s inbox. I advocate a zero inbox policy with my clients because it streamlines life and makes us more productive. The Email Warrior is a succinct, practical guide to help you corral an unwieldy inbox. Busy professionals who are inundated with email will find this refreshing formula simple and attainable.”
Her book is designed to help you:
- Process email most efficiently
- Save time for other priorities
- Take back control over email
- Spend less time on email
- Organize your digital storage
- Simplify your life
- Reduce stress
I hope you’ll check it out and that it helps you finally tackle that stubborn inbox! Let me know what you think if you do.
I have always been fascinated with the idea of how much our time is worth. It’s something I write about a lot on this blog. Whether we are Presidents, CEO’s or an up and coming entrepreneur, we all get the same 24 hours in a day and it’s up to us how we use them.
I did a Google Survey and I asked thousands of people ““How much would you pay for an extra hour in your day?”
The majority of people responded that they would pay between $0-$199. So not very much at all. How interesting is that?
That 72% clearly valued their money over their time in the end.
However, the second highest group of people (11% of those surveyed) said they would be willing to pay over $1000! To those people an extra hour was practically priceless.
So why this huge disparity in how people value their time? Read more