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Sometimes, I feel like I could easily use a full time staff of people to help keep me along with my everyday living. I wouldn’t mind having just one or two personal assistants to help with the general life and business management.
It’s probably going to be months before I can afford to hire on a full time personal assistant. Until that time comes I pretty much end up having to do the work my assistant should be doing.
When it comes to making to-do lists, I have found an effective way to make a high quality list. Using a little imagination I simply come up with items I would task on my hired assistant. If I actually had an assistant, I would want to make sure they are working as efficiently as possible.
So I gather a list of items that I believe would be the most cost effective way to delegate tasks. Once you gather your list, you should go through a few times and see if there are more items that you might want to task on your highly paid imaginary assistant.
After your to-do list is complete and you have gone over it several times, you should come back to reality and start taking care of the items on your to-do list. If possible delegate as much stuff to others. My reality is that most of the time, I’ll have to take care of the items on my list myself however at least I have an effective to-do list by imagining I’m not actually the person to go through and check items off.
I hope some of this makes sense. It’s about 6:00 in the morning and I’m just getting through the final items on my list for the previous day.
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