Let’s face it … we’re all too busy. Most of us are trying to figure out ways to take things off our plate. But, how do you determine which things to do yourself and which things to delegate? I think the answer lies in figuring out what you love doing and what you dread doing.
The internet has brought about a social change that may or may not be good – depending on your personality type. I’ve been a travel agent for years and I’ve seen firsthand how the internet significantly changed the way consumers purchased products. For years, the world of travel was a closed world with information only available to travel agents. Consumers had to go through a travel agent to gain access to information about most travel products.
The advent of the internet changed all that. People were excited to be able to plan their own trips now and avoid using a travel agent altogether. But, was it really better for consumers? My thinking is no, it’s not. I don’t say that merely as an agent, but as someone who’s seen the ramifications of internet travel purchases.
The travel suppliers have effectively tricked the public into doing all the work for themselves, cutting out the commissions for travel agents by doing so, yet not lowering the price. Many people don’t understand that going through a travel agent is the exact same price as purchasing directly from the supplier.
So, the question you have to ask yourself is do you enjoy spending time researching something that you could easily delegate to someone else FOR FREE? Now, for some people the answer will be yes. They enjoy getting online and checking out all the cruise ship review sites and talking to other cruisers about the various ships. It’s very fun for them. But, for others, it’s not much fun and really feels more like work than anything else.
Think of the things in your life that you don’t enjoy doing that could be farmed out to others who are significantly more experienced than you are.
Obviously, since I’m an insurance agent, I see the value in using an agent. Few things are more boring to the average person than shopping for insurance – any kind of insurance. Plus, most people don’t really understand how to determine the amount of coverage they need – so most are either under-insured or over-insured. So, why not find an agent who represents various companies and let them do all the work? They understand insurance better than you probably do and are willing to put in some time on your behalf in hopes of finding you the right coverage and making a sale. They’ll do all the research for free – saving you hours of time getting quotes.
Obviously, you can’t delegate everything for free that presses on your time. But, make a list of things you really dislike doing and figure out how much it would cost you to get someone else to do it for you. Then, spend that time doing something you really do love. It will refresh and re-energize your soul.
When my son was a toddler, I only had a minimum amount of time to spend with him since I worked full-time. For me, it was worth it to have all of our laundry done at the fluff and fold – saving my weekends for fun time with him, as opposed to chasing him around the laundry room at our apartment complex. The trade-off was more than worth it to me. Those precious hours are forever emblazoned in my mind – whereas the hours spent doing that laundry would not have been. The price I paid was negligible compared to the benefits.
Do you love doing:
- Yard work
- Your own taxes
- Personal or small business bookkeeping
- Washing your car
- Pool maintenance
Life is too short to spend much of it doing thing you really hate to do. Of course, we’ll probably never be able to completely eliminate all unpleasant tasks. However, figuring out what you can dish off to someone else and then … actually doing it … will free up much-needed time to do the things you really love.
So, get out there and hike, take that painting or ceramics class you’ve been talking about for years, write that book that’s been percolating inside your brain, or whatever it is that will make you really happy. You only live once, so make every minute count!
Until next time …
Tavisha, Go Time Insurance