Forget Resolutions . . . Do YOU!

I don’t know about you, but I have already received a barrage of e-mails, e-newsletters and printed publications with articles and ideas on making or keeping resolutions. It is enough to make your head spin!

It’s only the second week of January and I will be delighted if I don’t hear another tip on goal setting for the rest of the year. As a matter of fact, it’s quite a drag to focus on what you are not doing, need to do better or need to change.

I am a big fan of examining what I do well and amplifying that. Or, those for you geniuses who excel at more than one skill. Understanding your natural strengths is key to successful team building, parenting, career development and well almost everything! People are generally more enthusiastic and in turn, more impactful when we devote our time to something we are good at or enjoy.

Some of my best virtual assistant pals actually like number crunching. They spend their time immersed in budgets, P&L reports and cash flow statements. This is the one area in my work that while essential . . . I could do without.

On the other hand, our phone rings practically everyday because prospective clients have read our blog articles or newsletter, followed me on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or other social media, browsed one of our websites or read about Simply Virtual or It’s a Smart Decision!™ in a local business journal. We regularly receive compliments and even accolades on the professionalism and appeal of our marketing channels. Why?

Because it is one of my core strengths.

Does that mean our books are in disarray? Not at all. Managing your workload from a strengths perspective does not have to mean that other jobs fall by the wayside. Not if you use one of my favorite productivity tools: Delegation.

If you have a partner, co-workers or a staff, you have a team of people with varied skills. Try delegating tasks and projects to the people who are best suited to complete them. You and your team will be happier (which by the way, promotes retention) and the work will be of better quality. Even in my own home, we split chores by preference. Of course, very few people like household chores. We just think of it as doing what you dislike the least.

If you work alone, hire an assistant. But make sure it is someone who brings new skills or a fresh set of eyes to the table. I knew early on that I needed to hire someone who is better at keeping our books. I have since taken courses in financial management, but it still isn’t where my attention is best focused. Doing YOU as my circle calls it, can ensure that you start AND end your year on a high note.

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