So what is a Not To Do list, and what’s on your Not To Do List?
Many business owners that I talk with feel overworked and underpaid.
They have so much to do that they hardly know what to do next; and they certainly feel that they do not “have a life”.
I wrote a few days ago about my Office Spring Clean and decluttering process.
Making your Not To Do list is another step in this process of simplifying your . . .
business life and finding more time for yourself.
So what is your Not To Do list?
It is a list of the things that must get done, but that you must not do.
Or more accurately, things that you do not have to do because someone else can easily and safely do them for you.
It’s called delegation
And before you say that you have to do everything to either save money or because only you can do it . . . stop and think again.
This is the trap that SME’s fall into that keeps them locked up in their business with no hope of escape.
“No-one else can do it as well as I can!”
We’ve all heard that, and possibly said it ourselves.
Well, it may be true. But there is a limit to how much you can fit into one day.
And refusing to delegate tasks keeps you locked up in your business.
Sure, other people might only do it to 95% or 90% of your standard or speed.
But while they are doing those low return tasks, you can be doing more valuable work in and on the business.
“I don’t have time to delegate.”
True, setting up the system to delegate a task rather than just keep on doing it yourself does take some time.
But as you will see in one of the videos below, the return on that time invested can be 1,200% per annum.
That is an astounding figure, and puts a lot of time back into your life.
“I can’t afford to pay someone else to do it!”
That may seem to be true too.
But there is always a way.
And you can’t afford not to pay someone else to do those low-return jobs.
e.g. It is important for your business vehicle to be clean and presentable.
So, you can pay a detailer to clean it for you once per week.
Or, if you really want to save money, get a local school kid to do it for you for less.
While you pay someone $20 to wash your car, you could make $500 worth of sales, or build a widget that you can sell for $200.
Where is your time best invested – in washing your car or making those sales or widgets?
Delegating makes good financial sense.
What to Delegate
This is where your No To Do list comes in.
Put a notepad in your workspace.
Every time that you start a new task, ask yourself the magic questions . . .
- Is this something that must be done? If not, just stop doing it altogether.
- Is this something that must be done by me? If not, add it to your list.
You can simplify your business life by not doing things that do not need to be done at all! That’s obvious.
You can also simplify your business life by delegating simple tasks that can be easily documented for someone else to do.
The impact is greatest with repetitive tasks that must be done often in the business.
So go through your Not To Do list and select some simple tasks and then find someone else who can do them for you at a lower hourly rate than yourself.
Or, if their hourly rate is higher than yours, remember that they might be a professional in their field.
And what they can do in an hour might take you four hours!
We get this all the time in the website world, because people think that they can do it themselves.
But they usually end up with an inferior product that took them much longer to build than it would have taken us to build for them.
Oh well . . . when will they learn?
Well, that is quite simple really!
Watch this short VIDEO
How to Delegate Effectively in 5
How to Delegate a Task Effectively
What should you do now?
- Start your Not To Do list now
- Want some help or ideas? Just contact us at Hotpink Websites now.
Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere
~ Ronald Reagan
Remember – What’s on your Not To Do list?