Your inability to delegate tasks to a dedicated VA may be compromising your productivity, as well as preventing you from experiencing work-life balance.
Check this list to see if you could benefit from outsourcing tasks to a virtual assistant:
1. You're working long hours on a regular basis
Are you putting in more than the standard 40 hours of work per week? A study published in 2018 by the Harvard Business Review revealed that CEOs worked an average of 62.5 hours per week, with much of this work spilling over into weekends and holidays.
While we all need to put in extra hours of work from time to time to beat a deadline or see a major project to completion, doing this on a regular basis is a recipe for burnout. Burnout has a negative effect on our mental and physical health and ultimately causes our work performance to suffer.
For more information on the importance of delegating tasks to assistants and other team members, check out our blog post.
2. Your mental and physical health is starting to suffer
Overwork and chronic stress will negatively impact your mental and physical well-being. Physical health issues include fatigue; extreme stress; and the increased likelihood for heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and respiratory issues. Mental health issues include depression, anger, anxiety, and irritability.
For more information on creating work-life balance in our interconnected world, please check out our blog post.
3. You’re ignoring your family and friends
If you’re spending too much time at work, your personal relationships are most likely suffering. If you cannot remember the last time you bonded with or even spoke to a family member or close friend, then you may want to reconsider your priorities.
4. You’ve forgotten your passions
Life isn’t all about work and we all have interests and facets to our personality that go beyond our job description. If you have a hobby or personal passion that has taken a backseat to your day job, consider making room for these priorities in your life.
5. You can’t focus on your priorities and goals
An overloaded schedule will often rob you of your focus and productivity. If you’re a business owner, your main priorities will likely revolve around growing that business, refining your business strategy, and winning new clients.
But if a large chunk of your day is spent filtering the messages in your inbox, processing invoices, or chasing leads for Zoom appointments, then your ability to focus on your main priorities is compromised. By outsourcing secondary and microtasks to a dedicated virtual assistant, you can make better use of your time.
6. You're losing clients because you can't respond to inquiries in a timely manner
If you’re running an eCom store or Amazon FBA business, you’ll need to respond to customer inquiries and provide customer support 24/7. Hiring an eCommerce virtual assistant will ensure that you’re providing customer support even when it’s no longer business hours in your time zone.
eCommerce virtual assistants can also help you scale your online business more rapidly as they can assist you with product research, order processing, ad campaigns, and product listing and optimization, among other tasks.
7. Your schedule is a mess
If you’re having trouble keeping up with your meetings and appointments, or are spending way too much time trying to book meetings with team mates, clients, and vendors, then you could use the help of a dedicated virtual assistant.
Your VA can schedule all of your meetings, appointments, and events, as well as remind you of them. Your VA can also manage your inbox, book meeting and conference rooms, make reservations at restaurants and entertainment venues, and remind you of important events (e.g. birthdays and anniversaries).