I am getting much smarter as I age. 😉
I am realizing my strengths and limits and finding others who can help me get further faster than doing everything in my own strength.
Today, I am going to share how I am using professionals to grow my business and allow me to concentrate my time on my strengths.
This is one of the original posts I wrote on this blog 3 years ago, but it still applies today…
Why I hired a Professional Organizer
I know you might be saying, you ARE a professional organizer! and I am, BUT I have come to discover that there are many different areas of expertise in the field of professional organization.
You wouldn’t go to just any doctor for bypass surgery or hire a home builder to build a skyscraper.
I am a professional home and home based business organizer. I am NOT an electronic organizer. And as you can see from my love affair with my Cranberry Planner and Blackberry phone, I am not as high tech as I could be.
I hired an Electronic Professional Organizer.
Nancy’s heart goes pitter pat when you ask her how to sync calendars, schedule tasks and find contacts. I do not!
However, my Post-it notes, to-do lists and planner were not keeping up with the business I wanted to be doing. I spent HALF my week trying to figure out who to call when and what I was supposed to say! That’s when I knew I had to make the leap to a virtual calendar.
Since I am a Blackberry gal, Outlook was the answer for my contact manager and calendar needs. It would also work for email, but I like my Gmail canned responses and I finally have Gmail just how I want it!
Update: I ended up using a Google Calendar
Outlook has a problem with my private blog email addresses. I might get around to figuring that out one day, but not now!
An electronic calendar
I am really nervous about losing my WHOLE calendar. Since Outlook backs up to a Google Calendar – to my iPad AND my phone, I feel relatively OK about going digital.
I am LOVING that I can see all the calls I have scheduled in a day. I could never do that in my paper planner. I also like the reminders so I don’t miss a call!
I also like the ability to repeat tasks. Many of my calls repeat each week. This has saved me tons of time!
I LOVE the color coding!! I am such a visual person. The color coding also helps me see what business activities I am spending the most time on in each week.
My kids are light blue. Once I got all their events in the calendar, I saw why I wasn’t getting as much done as I anticipated! 😉
I have been using my new electronic calendar for 10 days, and I officially took the paper calendar out of my planner. I can see the day soon when this feels more natural.
More to learn
I have just grazed the iceberg of what Outlook can do for me. I am excited about using the Contact and Task features. However, I am learning to do just one thing to mastery and then add the next.
I was psyched when Nancy told me I was her only client with a Blackberry and an iPad. She also said I was tech savvy.
What about you? Do you use an electronic calendar?