I recently made a major change in my life and contracted with a professional to assist me in one of my most time consuming daily responsibilities. Doing this required a lot of forethought, planning, and analysis of my financial goals.
But more than any of these, making this decision required humility. Something I don't always do that well. For the past several months, I have been facing my daily worklife like a rookie firefighter -- dealing with whatever pot on the stove was boiling over the most, about to burst into flames. I was getting stuff done, but not efficiently be any means, and not with any proactive planning.
On the verge of a "nervous breakdown", I decided to go find help. In truth, this wasn't difficult since the solution to the problem had been staring me in the face for months on end. The biggest stumbling block - my ego! I didn't want to admit to myself that I needed help.
Now that I am a week or two into this new situation, I can already see the impact that it is having upon both my workflow and -- perhaps more importantly -- my sanity. Arranging to delegate some of my most repetitive daily tasks has accomplished a few major breakthroughs:
- Having a fresh, professional perspective has helped pinpoint weaknesses in a "system" that had been broken for at least a few years.
- Involving the eye of a second stakeholder has enabled me to have a creative force to partner with for long-term development instead of simply dealing with day-to-day crisis mode.
- Freeing up some of my daily work time has helped me to complete some major projects that have been on hold for many months.
- I no longer contemplate quitting on a daily basis.
I am working towards a few arrangements that will hopefully enable me to continue to contract with my new consultant well into the future.
A question for you: What is keeping you from getting the professional help and support you need to take your work to the next step?