Monthly Blog Archives: October 2006
October 1, 2006 Five Signs You May Need to Contract For More Help
- Every time someone asks you how you are doing, your answer includes the words "work" and "busy". Every solo entrepreneur needs downtime: to think, to rest, to recharge. Even if you still fell like you are having fun, if you aren’t getting time for those things, that’s the first red flag that it’s time to start figuring out what to delegate.
- You find yourself procrastinating on the same tasks, over and over. We procrastinate for lots of reasons, many of which have to do with the task being difficult, distasteful, or even boring. You have a choice: keep doing those yucky tasks, draining your energy and allowing less time for your "passion" work — or hire someone else who finds those tasks easy, fun, and fulfilling.
- Your time spent on various income streams is disproportionate from the ROI (return on investment) from those streams. There are exceptions — like when you are starting a new income stream — but for the most part, percentage of your time spent should match the percentage of income you get from that stream.
- When you wake up in the morning (or when it is time to start your usual work hours), you find it hard to get going. If the joy has gone out of your work, that could be a sign that you are spending time on the wrong things. Take stock of your to-do list and see if there are projects and tasks that you’d just rather someone else did!
- You don’t seem to be getting the important things on your to-do list done. Early last week, I had one major goal: to get the sales page written and online by the end of the week. And here I am, end of the week, I’ve been working my tootsies off and that page still isn’t done! As I did, you can review what less-important tasks were getting in the way — and figure out how those can be done by someone else!