I never had an idol. I wasn’t one of those teenagers with Hollywood heartthrobs and rock stars all over my school binder. I wasn’t interested in celebrities or in being near them.
However, ten days ago I came to realize that I do in fact have an idol and have had one for quite some time now. Two and a half years ago, when I came up with the idea of launching my company Boutique Concierge, I was introduced to a business icon, Marie Forleo. She came to Los Angeles ten days ago to launch her new book Everything is Figureoutable. And there I was mesmerized about her presence and her incredible intelligence and grace, and absorbing every single word this genius shared with her loyal audience. I was like a teenager looking up to her rock star – only a few years later.
In her book Marie talks about how everything has a solution or a way to make it happen. She explains that it’s just a matter of rolling up your sleeves and doing the work – which she learned from her mom. As always, ACTION.
It left me thinking… Due to the fact that I help business professionals have more time in their lives, most of the conversations that I have with clients and business colleagues are about “Being busy” and “Not having time to do everything”. It’s true that every day we have more and more on our plates. But could it be true too that we don’t know how to figure it out?
Do you ever wonder how you can make more time in your day? Since you can’t multiply yourself, how can you do all the things you need to do?
It’s not easy, but it’s possible. You may have to change habits and beliefs, but you can certainly win if you apply your will and get rid of excuses. Having more time to spend with yourself or your family doing whatever you love it’s your ultimate goal, isn’t it?
Then, let’s do this!
- Make a list of all the things you need to do.
- Decide which ones are a priority and which are not.
- Do one at a time. Yes, ONE at a time! Multitasking is overrated and not only you won’t be able to accurately do your tasks, but multitasking will fry your brain.
- After you’re done with one, move to the next one and so on.
- PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, stay away from your phone while you focus on your tasks. Otherwise you’ll be wasting your time every time you receive a text or a notification, and once again it will be impossible to get anything done.
Too simple to work, you may think. Yes, it is simple and yes, it works… because life is far more simple than what we make it to be!
Now, you may need to delegate some tasks to other people, and that’s what for some people is the hardest – including myself!
My rule of thumb is to delegate the tasks that I either don’t love doing, or that someone else is an expert at.
I’ll give you an example. I recently started to interview candidates to help me with clients. After a few weeks, I stopped myself when I realized that helping clients is what I love doing the most! So I thought about tasks that I don’t love doing, such as Bookkeeping and others, and those are the ones I’m going to delegate first.
The best thing is that you can apply the rule of “Everything is figureoutable” to anything. Except of course, to natural events. Those you can’t figure out. They just happen.
What is that one thing that seemed impossible to achieve and that you were able to figure out?
I’d love to learn what’s that for you!
The hardest thing I had to figure out in my life was how to use my skills in a way that would benefit those around me and that would make me jump out of my bed every morning. It only took me 40 years to realize I had to be a Personal Concierge! But you see? No matter how long it takes, EVERYTHING IS FIGUREOUTABLE!
Wishing you figure out everything you desire!