So, the first thing I’ve done this morning, after the obligatory cup of tea, breakfast and walk for the dog, is switch the TV off.
I half heard a piece about class discrimination and how it’s who you know not what you know, no matter how talented you may be – don’t get me going on that one – just look at some of the clowns who ‘run’ our world!
However, as is often the case, I had some flashes of inspiration in the early hours of the morning, and I needed to clear them out of my head before all the noise of the outside world distracted me and drowned them out.
So, before grabbing my coat and putting the dog on his lead, I picked up my phone and recorded three or four messages. I downloaded my inspiration into voice recordings. And this is one tip that I’ve alluded to previously in a short video.
How many times have you been so busy with day to day life – rushing from possibly school runs, to the office, to back to back meetings, to driving from one end of the country to another maybe, squeezing in a visit to the dentist, doctor, hairdresser? Maybe a visit to the gym/pool/dance class which you keep promising yourself you’ll do more often. And then, in between all that daily life, all that daily ‘admin’, all that noise and clutter, you have a flash of inspiration. It may be an idea for your business, it may be the perfect response to an email you’ve been pondering over, or a conversation you need to have. It may be the outline of a blog. It may be people you need to get in touch with. But by the time you get back in the evening, it’s gone. You’ve lost the plot. You’re tired. You’ve got other things to catch up on – emails to attend to – and family and friends to spend time with if you can squeeze them in!
So how about trying it… grab your phone, leave yourself a voice message – or do a very quick video – and act on it later.
Send your recordings to your Virtual Assistant
Or, even better, how about sending it to your VA (Virtual Assistant)?
She can have it typed up and back in your inbox just like that. She could even actually act on it on your behalf. Draft that email for you. Send that email for you. Draft your blog. Make that appointment you need. Block out time in your diary for you for that all important ‘you’ time. Find those contact details for prospective customers. The list is endless.
My goodness, by the time you get back in the evening, you probably already have responses to emails that your VA has sent during the day. Just how much of your valuable time has she saved you?
Don’t have a VA? Speak to someone who does. Ask them about the value that the right one can add to your business and daily life. Most don’t know how they managed without one. Then find the right fit for you in terms of skills, experience and personality and you won’t look back!
Remember, lost time is never found again!