In her recent LinkedIn article, BELAY’s CEO Tricia Sciortino – yes, the same one whose newest book, Rise Up & Lead Well How Leveraging An Assistant Will Change Your Life & Maximize Your Time, is now available – challenges us to get uncomfortably honest: How long has it been since you were fully present?
Think about it …
Friday night, you were answering emails during your daughter’s soccer game.
Saturday morning, you were on a call with a client about a new initiative during your son’s piano recital.
Saturday night, you went out to celebrate your anniversary but you were so distracted by intrusive thoughts about work that you can’t remember what you ate.
Sunday afternoon, you took time to plan and prepare for the week ahead while your family went for a bike ride.
We’ll assumptively answer for you: It’s probably been too long since you were fully present. You know how we know? Because we’ve been there.
And if we’re all being really real, we’ve all been there. Life has a sneaky way of getting in the way of our best intentions: being present, establishing healthy boundaries, self-care, putting family first.
We know what we’re supposed to do – but often, we just can’t quite figure out how to do it.
But as with any struggle or obstacle in life, the first step is admitting you have a problem: You may not have everything under control.
But you know who can help you get everything ‘under control?’ A Virtual Assistant – which then begs the question:
“How do I know if I actually need an assistant?”
This question is one we answer every day. So if you’re wondering if it's time to hire a Virtual Assistant, here are five signs that it’s definitely time …
1. Your inbox is completely out of control.
If your inbox is cluttered, unorganized and woefully neglected, it’s probably time to hire a VA.
Think about it: When was the last time you reached inbox zero? Months? Years? Never?
A VA can help you achieve elusive inbox zero – quickly – and then keep it organized.
2. Your ‘to-do’ list feels neverending.
If you find yourself going to bed so late you’ve considered pulling an all-nighter, it’s time to hire a VA.
Sure, you’re the expert and it’s tough to hand tasks over. But – BIG but – you are burning the candle at both ends. It’s only a matter of time before you crash and burn still holding that candle all by your lonesome.
A VA will make sure your walls aren’t fluorescent Post-it Note mosaics anymore.
3. Your nonprofit is growing. And fast.
First order of business: Congratulations! This is a decidedly good problem to have.
But if you’ve had to turn people or opportunities away because you have too much to do and not enough time or help, it’s time to hire a VA.
A VA will make sure that all the day-to-day tasks are handled so you can get back to doing what only you can do: growing your nonprofit.
4. There’s no time to dream big dreams anymore.
Are you brimming with new ideas – but you never seem to bring them to life? Then it’s time to hire a VA.
Delegate what can be handled by someone else and – again – return your focus to the ideas that spark your joy and creativity.
The world needs more revolutionary ideas, not visionaries who are too bogged down with tasks to execute on The Next Big Thing.
5. Social media is monopolizing your time.
If you spend hours posting to social media but your following has plateaued and your engagement is relegated to only your mom commenting on everything, it’s time to hire a VA.
You can’t be everywhere and everything and everyone at once. Social media takes more time than we’d like to admit but if done well, it could reap your nonprofit a lot of rewards.
But do you really have the time to reply to every comment, thank everyone for their like, retweet, and respond to every DM?
Sow Today, Reap Tomorrow
Listen. We get it. Initially, delegating to a VA takes time. And we’ve heard – and offered – the same objection: ‘I don’t have time to delegate right now.’
We hear you. And like we said – we’ve been there. The first time you delegate, you think, ‘It would just be quicker for me to do this task myself.’
But the long-term answer is that you will continue to own that task. So investing that time today to teach a VA how to handle that task will take more time but the long-term result is that you no longer have to do that one thing. And just imagine how much time you would save yourself if you were able to do that with 10 things!
So if you’ve ever wondered how you’ll know it’s time for a VA, wonder no more: If you’re thinking about one, you need one – and we can help.
And then, once you have The One by your side helping you conquer the world, Tricia’s new book, Rise Up & Lead Well How Leveraging An Assistant Will Change Your Life & Maximize Your Time, will teach you how to make the most of your life-changing partnership!