If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re a driven individual with a vision for the future. But you’re also a human being with flaws and weaknesses. We all have our habits, and you’re no exception.
One major challenge that stands in the way of success for many business owners is simply staying focused and on-task. The fact is that entrepreneurs are busy people. There’s a lot to get done during the day, and failure to organize and manage it all is what gets us in trouble. Without a doubt, there are a lot of distractions waiting to knock us off track!
In order to overcome these challenges, it’s important to share your goals with an accountability partner. An accountability partner is simply someone with whom you share your goals, who helps you keep on track in achieving them. And you might be surprised to discover that a virtual assistant is perfectly suited to help you in this regard.
If you already have a virtual assistant, then you already have somebody who helps you with the day-to-day tasks that are targeted towards your goals. But if you manage your VA well, you can get more out of the experience.
The first step will be for you to set your weekly priorities. You should have a specific goal for each week. And you should list the steps and tasks that must be accomplished to reach those goals.
In order for your VA to keep you on track, they’ll need some direction from you. By now, you should already have a weekly virtual meeting scheduled with your VA. If you don’t, then set one. Friday or Monday are best, because the central topic will be your specific priorities for the following week. In that meeting, you’re going to outline the particular tasks that both you and your VA will perform in support of those goals, with specific deadlines for each.
Keep in mind that you’re going to have your own tasks, which will depend upon your VA’s input. So, you should also have an agreed-upon channel for your VA to submit their input. It might be research in support of your podcast, for example. Depending on your own style, there are different ways to do this. If you hate email, then you’re likely to ignore email messages, or at lest to procrastinate about reading them. But there are dozens of other channels out there, such as FB Messenger, Skype and MS Teams, which are ideal for use with your mobile phone. Find what works for you.
You can, and should, task your virtual with checking up on your progress. One way to do this is to work tasks into your VA’s assignments which depend upon your own output. For example, if you’re producing your own, scheduled podcast or a video series, your VA should be assigned with posting it. Since they can’t post it without your input, a good VA will remind you to get it done by the agreed-upon time.
In short, a virtual assistant is an amazing human resource. There’s ‘virtually’ nothing your VA can’t do for you, if managed properly. And helping you to stay on track for your goals should be part of their daily routine. The whole purpose of hiring a VA is to make your life easier, and this is one way they can do that.
If you don’t yet have a VA to help you stay focused, click here to contact us and find out more about what a VA can do for you and your business.