Here are four things you can do to take productivity to a completely new level.
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!
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Entrepreneurs start with a lofty dream. You're going to mix things up, change the business world as we know it. However, once you get started you begin to realize how many seemingly mundane, boring things you have to do to actually get the business up and running. There are a lot of administrative tasks a business requires that may keep you from making your dream come to life. Why deal with the daily drudgery when you could hire a virtual assistant?
What exactly is a virtual assistant?
A virtual assistant is someone who takes cares of administrative duties for you remotely. They can reply to emails, do data entry, do website administrative work, and even handle your social media channels. Many of these people work on a contract or freelance basis, meaning you get to take advantage of the flexibility by only hiring them for as long as you need them.
Are you still unsure of whether your business could benefit from a virtual assistant? Read on to learn more about what a virtual assistant can offer.
You’ll have more time to do other things
Most entrepreneurs hate the lengthy meetings, drawn-out phone calls, and mundane emails piling up in their inboxes. It can easily take up a lot of your time, meaning you don’t have as much time to focus on your core business activities. A virtual assistant frees up your time, allowing you to do so.
They’ve got expertise
Virtual assistants are becoming more and more widespread and the field is becoming more competitive. As a result, many have developed other skills — social media management, marketing, copywriting, or maybe even basic accounting. If your business has yet to require full-time employees for these tasks, you may find that a virtual assistant is just what you need. Plus, you won’t have to think about tax, employee benefits, or yearly contracts.
You’ll be able to entrust more tasks to them as time goes on
In the beginning, you’ll probably have your virtual assistant carry out simple duties — email management, customer service management, or bookkeeping. If they perform well, you’ll find that as time goes on, you’ll be able to entrust more complex and important duties to them, further freeing up your time to do other things.
You can strategize and grow your business
Chances are you started your business doing everything yourself, maybe with a person or two by your side. This is a great way to cut costs, but it also can be stressful and leave less time for long-term thinking. Having a virtual assistant take care of time-consuming but otherwise mundane tasks gives you time and energy to put some thought into where you want your business to go, and how you can take it there.
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Let your virtual assistant be the detail person, so you can focus on the big picture.
Success has never been so complicated. In a world where getting ahead usually comes with a big email inbox, it's normal to find your spare time eaten away by dozens of mundane tasks.
No amount of time management or re-shuffling the to-do list will add any more hours to your day. After all, productivity doesn't work when you have a near-infinite list of tasks to work through. You'll always have another item to buy or a little bit of info to look up. That's why so many ambitious people often use a virtual assistant to ease up on these time-consuming tasks.
The problem is these tasks are often too complex for technology to handle, yet sometimes too simple for you to want to spend your time on. You don't want to delete a hundred new emails -- but help combing through them would be great. Perhaps your wife mentioned an errand earlier and it'll take ten minutes of browsing the web to find what she needs. Whatever the case may be, these little problems can add up to big headaches.
A virtual assistant is the ultimate time management tool. It's productivity on steroids. It's simpler and more affordable than a full-time assistant, and it gives you more of your most valuable resource: time.
Don't let your to-do list keep you down. Do the stuff you truly have to do, but delegate the rest to someone else … your virtual assistant. You'll have more time for the things you love without sacrificing an ounce of achievement.
Let us show you how much time you can save. Contact us to learn how.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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Delegation is not an act. It's a habit. Delegate your less critical tasks to a virtual assistant and get more done in the day.
We're experts in delegation. Contact My BTLR today to find out how a virtual assistant can help you.
Not only can your virtual assistant complete the things you don't have time to do, they can also hold you accountable for tasks. We call these accountability tasks.
Simply tell your virtual assistant what you need to be held to, and they will follow-up gently (or not so gently, if that is what you need!).
Think of it as your own productivity coach. Someone to keep you on task and make sure the important things don't slip.
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