Jeff Widman, a man of many talents (including helping us create our GTD Facebook Fan page) has a fantastic article about using a virtual assistant. It’s a great read, with many useful tips & templates for a building and maintaining a successful virtual team. Here’s an excerpt:
What I’ve learned from having a virtual assistant:
- How to be very explicit with my instructions
- I’ve grown in my judgment of what should be outsourced and what is faster for me to do (hint: it’s almost always faster for me if it’s a one-time thing. But if it’s a repetitive task, it’s probably worth teaching her.)
- I get a heckuva lot more done–she not only removes time, she removes annoyance–that mental friction that comes from having to do tasks that I downright hate (like scheduling meetings.)
- She not only takes care of things for me, she does them better and faster than I ever could. Face it–just as you’re uniquely talented at some things, you’re uniquely flawed in others.
- How to teach my employees to teach themselves–it’s rewarding when my VA says she’s learned a ton from working with me!