Just when I start to think that I might actually be a productivity genius, my systems and I get totally disrupted.
I think I do a pretty good job of not having unanswered texts, emails or things remaining on my list. I utilize some pretty effective productivity apps and tools to help keep on task with work and home. But, glorious world that it is – there is always something different and/or better thus leaving me to feel I’m clearly not having enough free time and I must outsource more.
I mean getting your own mail, groceries and dry cleaning? That’s so defunct. Sending gifts, letters or booking travel? Come on, you don’t seriously do that yourself do you?! TaskRabbit, RedBeacon, FancyHands, Amazon etc. can take care of all of that for you!
Truth be told – I still run errands, I enjoy grocery shopping and if you get a letter from me, I’m pretty sure I wrote it myself. It’s when I read the blogs of the productivity, time management gurus of the world killing it with less than two hours of work per day who don’t remember the last time they bought their own toilet paper that I suddenly feel that standing in line at the deli counter for hormone free turkey meat is such a waste of time.
Funny thing is that while I’m “busy” most of the time, it is without a doubt that many of the tasks I do can be easily done by someone else and the actual time of intense focus that I put towards a needle moving project is really about … two hours.
Being the ridiculous geek about productivity that I am, I’m actually very relieved and finally feel like I fit into this world right now where there’s an app or service for just about everything. Like everything. I used to be paranoid about the judgment of my systems and makeshift tools I created myself. When I did have free time and the person next to me was still working through the night, I figured I wasn’t dedicated enough. But, I was wrong. How much you work doesn’t really mean anything. The intensity of the work is what matters. And for many people it’s the tedious tasks and things that they just “have to do” that take up most of the time.
Thanks to current and consistently new releases of advanced tools, I can do things like have the copious ideas and thoughts I do every day and never lose them. They get stored somewhere, but not to a place where I will never see them again. They get stored in the cloud in an app of course and then set on a reminder so that I can’t ever forget them until I do something about them or decide to do nothing with them at all.
I can get notified on all kinds of things happening within my world or the big world whenever I want. I can keep my inbox caught up. I can spend time on doing the things that excite me rather than irritate me and I can grow my business and myself at a faster pace.
Which leads me to my final thought…. It is National Novel Writing Month and I ask those of you repeatedly saying you are going to write a book… what’s holding you back? Do you have too much to do? There’s just no time? Do you really think that someone else couldn’t take on at least half of those things? How important is writing the book to you? How important is it to complete that big project? And what will you trust someone else with so that you can do those things?
Make a list of those annoying tasks that added up take a huge chunk of your time and then see what you could do with that time if you just outsourced those things.
In the meantime, I’ll be here assigning a VA to help me manage the management apps.
And if I could just figure out how to outsource my workouts… I’d really be on to something.