Time Management Tip: Outsource
At a certain point in your blogging, writing, speaking, podcasting, creating, business owning, working, housekeeping, motherhood life, you might realize that you have exhausted all the available hours that you have in a day and yet, there is work to be done. Once you’ve taken the time to evaluate your time, set boundaries, and minimize distractions, it might be time to see if there are tasks that you can outsource. Maybe you need to hire an intern, an assistant, or a housekeeper. Maybe it’s time to hire a virtual assistant, editor, or social media manager to help you with the parts of your work that you actually hate to do so you can focus on what you love. Or maybe it’s just time to stop trying to do it all by yourself and ask for help from your family, your friends, or your community. Whatever that looks like for you, know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness or failure. You have simply gotten to the point in the work God has called you to do that you are able to pull in other people who have the strengths and time you need to take your work to the next level.
I don’t do nearly as much VA work as I used to, but I love when I have the opportunity to partner with someone who is doing beautiful work for God’s kingdom. I get to be behind the scenes, watching God do incredible work in their lives and through them, all while taking on some of the tasks that were simply holding them back from doing their best work. Whether it’s editing, running a book launch, or helping create social media graphics, it is a joy to be asked to use the gifts God has given me in a way that helps someone else chase after their calling. When you ask others to participate in your ministry and your mission, you are giving them the gift of acknowledging their gifts as valuable, necessary, and helpful. It helps you, AND it encourages them.
Inspiration: “Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” Romans 12:11-12
Resource: DIAS Podcast by Rachel Hollis
I’m always inspired by the things that Rachel does on social media, on the Chic Site, and now on this podcast. On Episode 6 Rachel interviews her husband (who has a FASCINATING job) and they talk about work/life balance. Start there and then catch up on the rest of the episodes!