Friday, November 21, 2008

Productivity - Get Help

Having just returned from a 2 week trip to Australia it was confirmed to me that the best way to be productive is to get help.

While I was away my brilliant business manager, Maria Novey, ran the office, managed my email, handled all client enquiries - well she did everything,way too much to list here. It was fantastic to come back after being away (and jet lagged) to know the business was running smoothly and my clients were happy.

Many people buy into the myth that 'I have to do it all myself' or 'It is quicker to do it myself' - that is a productivity myth and a productivity killer. Yes it does take more time to explain how to do something to someone and yes it does require more trust to delegate tasks to someone else but in the longer term your productivity will increase and your peace of mind will be greater.

Today decide to get help. Increase your productivity by getting help. Seek it out. If you can't invest in an assistant recruit help from your kids, your neighbors or a colleague at work. Start small, choose a task and decide to get help. I personally promise you will be more productive.

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johnk said...

I have to admit, this has been a struggle for me. I have someone ready and able to delegate to and I still sometimes leave it for myself.

BTW, the premier issue of Productive! magazine has just been released, and has 17 great articles on productivity, along with an exclusive interview with productivity guru, David Allen. I've posted a link to the free premier November issue at

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