I have said for years that I need to clone myself in order to get everything done. Well, I have finally taken some steps in that direction.
No, I haven’t hooked up with some mad scientist who will make an exact copy of me. Instead, I am finding ways to outsource more tasks. For example, I recently hired a fulfillment service to handle many of the book orders I receive.
In addition to finding others to take care of things I have been doing, I am also clearing away some tasks and responsi- bilities. For the past few years, I have been president of a professional organization. My duties there were taking more time than I could spare, especially as the demands of my business continue to increase, so I have resigned from the board. I am still a member and will continue to be involved, but with a lesser time commitment than previously.
I am continuing to make changes to use the time I have in the most effective ways. As I take on new challenges, I am leaving behind old activities that have run their course or that I simply can no longer accommodate.
And, I am learning to say “no.” That simple, two-letter word will make a huge difference in your life, too. Learn when to say it, and don’t be afraid to do so.