Time Management

How much time do you spend booking a flight?

A virtual assistant can help you with your travel planning and booking.

A virtual assistant can help you with your travel planning and booking.

It's easy to book a flight. However, over 50% of people spend more than an hour booking a simple flight. That's a lot of time. In fact, according to a study by Expedia, travel package bookers visited 38 travel websites 45 days prior to booking travel. That's a lot more than an hour.

Save time booking travel

You don't have to be a corporate executive to enjoy the benefits of a travel manager. A virtual assistant can manage your travel instead and save you time. She can research, plan, price and book your flight. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, your assistant can take care of the details. She can also have your rental car waiting at your destination airport, reserve your hotel, and plan your itinerary.

Get the best prices

How many times have you researched a flight to find the price has gone up significantly by the time you book it? Most of us don't have time to monitor the prices in real time, so let your virtual assistant do this for you. She can work with your preferred travel agency, book it online, or deal directly with your preferred airline. Plus, your assistant can manage your frequent flyer account to ensure you get the seat and meal options you want, ensure you get credit for miles flown, and even request the coveted upgrade!

Support while traveling

Unlike travel agencies that simply give you options on trips, a virtual assistant knows you. Not only can she handle the booking details, she's also behind the scenes for your entire trip. If anything goes awry, she can make on the spot changes and get you back on schedule. Want to make a change during the trip? Done. Book restaurant reservations on the fly — a virtual assistant can do that too!

Leave your travel details to a virtual assistant and enjoy your trip. Call My BTLR today to find out how easy it is.

Five Things to Kick Your To-Do List into Gear

Everybody has a to-do list. Whether it’s all in your head or you’re using sophisticated technology to track results, we’ve all got things we just need to get done. Here are five ways to kick your to-do list in gear and start seeing immediate results:

  1. Limit your list to 3-5 quality items. If your list is more quantity than quality based, you’re wasting time on low-value items. Don't confuse being busy with being productive. Socrates once said, “beware the barrenness of a busy life.” What can you eliminate to increase fulfillment in your life?

  2. Prioritize daily. Review your list for tomorrow before you go to bed. In the morning, tackle the first thing on your list before you do anything else. This way you're well on your way to smashing your list for the day.

  3. Use technology. There are loads of great tools that keep things simple and are easy to learn. Cloud-based products like www.trello.com, www.getpocket.com and www.evernote.com enable you to access your information from any device you have handy. Technology can't always solve problems, but basic tools can help keep you organized.

  4. Think like a project manager. Project managers aren't always born great organizers. They follow a process and use proven methods of execution. Great project managers set specific goals, create plans, break things down into smaller parts, pay attention to detail and communicate consistently and often. Learn to put these basic skills to work with the items on your to-do list.

  5. Hire a virtual assistant. For the items that don't meet your top 3-5, hire a virtual assistant to complete these tasks for you. Sure, there are plenty of other things that need to get done, but delegating these to a virtual assistant you trust enables you to focus on the most important items. Plus, a virtual assistant is a fraction of the costs of an in-office assistant – and, can do 90-95% of what someone can do in person. From managing your schedule and maintaining projects to controlling your inbox, a virtual assistant can handle things you don’t have time for, forget to do, or simply don’t want to do.

What is the quality of your to-do list? What can you start doing to become more productive, see results and eliminate barrenness in your busy life?

Contact us to learn how our virtual assistants can help you.