How do you get over the delegation hurdle? Why is it important to calculate the value of your time? How does being aware of the value of your time help you to decide which tasks to tackle and which to delegate out?
In this podcast episode, Whitney Owens speaks with Uriah Guilford about 5 simple steps for getting the help you need.
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Meet Uriah Guilford
Uriah Guilford, LMFT is the owner of Guilford Family Counseling and the mastermind behind Productive Therapist, a business that provides world-class virtual assistants to therapy practice owners. He is a technology enthusiast, productivity nerd, and a pretty rad drummer.
Uriah is always searching for creative ways to provide counseling to youth and families as well as help therapists to get more done while working less.
In This Podcast
- Admit that you need help
- Calculate the value of your time
- Accept that done is better than perfect
- Use trusted resources
- Start small and delegate something this week
1. Admit that you need help
To get started with this step, grab a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle, and write down all the tasks you do on a daily and a weekly basis. On the left-hand side write down which of these tasks you dislike or do not enjoy doing, and on the right side write down the ones you look forward to and enjoy completing.
Then, start sifting through those tasks on the left and select which ones you can begin to delegate out.
The real challenge for most of us, myself included, is the things that we continue to do that we kind of enjoy but we shouldn’t be doing. We like it, we may be good at it but it’s not a good use of our time. (Uriah Guilford)
2. Calculate the value of your time
When you spend too much of your time on low-value tasks, you compromise your potential. You make excellent money when you focus your time and energy on the right things.
By calculating the value of your time, you can see the value of hiring out or delegating tasks to other people that can complete the task for you, and so it is both a smart use of your time and your money by knowing which tasks are better spent being done by you or by others.
However, when there are specific tasks that do bring you joy when you do them that could be delegated out, it is alright to keep one or two of those things. You do not have to run your business totally by the numbers because you should also get to enjoy it as well.
3. Accept that done is better than perfect
Often business owners, who have the vision of their companies, think that no one can do the things that need to get done as well as they can. However this is not the case, and often times when you delegate tasks out to others instead of demanding to do them yourself, more things get done.
So with having a virtual assistant or somebody in your office handling that task, they’re just the intermediary and they’re the connector. (Uriah Guilford)
4. Use trusted sources
You probably know somebody who knows somebody who can do the thing you need help with, so reaching out to your inner and outer circles will yield connections you did not realize were there.
Getting solid recommendations from your connections will also help you feel more at ease, knowing that someone you are working with or considering hiring is also known to your friends and colleagues.
5. Start small and delegate something this week
Get started. Do something small, which is better than nothing.
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Meet Whitney Owens
Whitney is a licensed professional counselor and owns a growing group practice in Savannah, Georgia. Along with a wealth of experience managing a practice, she also has an extensive history working in a variety of clinical and religious settings, allowing her to specialize in consulting for faith-based practices and those wanting to connect with religious organizations.
Knowing the pains and difficulties surrounding building a private practice, she started this podcast to help clinicians start, grow, and scale a faith-based practice. She has learned how to start and grow a successful practice that adheres to her own faith and values. And as a private practice consultant, she has helped many clinicians do the same.
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