Two books I read recently tackled the concept of outsourcing. The first Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management (aff), repeatedly asked if the task at hand was something you should be doing at all. The second The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich (aff), talked directly about outsourcing and how it can simplify your life. I found the examples in this book over the top, and also highly amusing…one of them was a man who outsourced an apology letter to his wife!
I started thinking about practical outsourcing. I do not have a personal assistant, nor am I likely to hire one. However, there are some things that I outsource. Since I am not very good at them, or they take much longer when I do them, or I simply dislike doing, these outsourced tasks really help me concentrate on the things I want to.
In the next three articles, I am going to consider what I outsource currently, what I would never outsource, and what I would like to outsource (and how to get there).