My Needs Expand Beyond My Business! (Part I)

Is it possible to need a Virtual Assistant (VA) for a matter other than business needs? We normally think of Virtual Assistants as personnel needed to accomplish business requests on a small or large-scale basis, but what if you needed someone to help you with the “smaller things in life”?

In thinking more in depth on this subject, I thought it would be helpful to write a series of blogs on this exact subject.  The first will touch base on what tasks I’m referencing as “smaller things in life,” and then follow up articles will address how to manage these lists and tasks, as well as ways to search for a Virtual Assistant that best fits your needs.

When I say “smaller things in life,” just what am I referring to?

  • By saying small, I mean simple.  These are not necessarily business related tasks that correlate with your day job, but are more focused on the tasks you need to get done around the home.  Start off by making a listYou don’t need to worry about categorizing anything at this point, just write down everything that you can think of that you need to do in a day, a week, or a month.  Examples from my life would be: run the kids to football, do the dishes, wash the laundry, sort the bills, pay the bills, cook dinner, write thank you letters for a recent benefit, get the oil in the car changed, buy batteries for the wireless mouse, and grocery shop (just to name a few)!
  • Next we reach the categorize step.  This means take everything from above and separate into main categories.  For example, you may use home/personal/work/office/kids/dog.  Once you have the main categories, you can start organizing your tasks into the appropriate categories.  Be sure to be detailed but not overly crazy at this point.  If you have a chore that overlaps with another category such as buy treats (this could be for the kids or the dog), then make sure to write that detail down.  Why are we doing all of this? Well, you want to ensure that we are finding a VA that is specific to your needs and your budget and this will help figure that out.
  • Lastly, you need to delegate.  What do I mean by this? Well, think really hard about which tasks you could let someone do for you and which you would obviously only do yourself.  If you know that you are the only one that can drive your sexy stick shift car, then you are probably the one that is going to take it in for an oil change.  Delegating activities can be hard, especially if you are the type of person that wants to do everything yourself.  That is when you have to realize that you started this process for a reason, and you made it this far, so keep going!  Take the time to review your lists and make notes next to the most important tasks that you could ask someone else to do.  Your lists may change and this is not a bad thing.  Once you narrow down the activities that you are set on having someone else complete for you, then you’re ready for the next step.

At this point I’ve asked you to brainstorm all of the activities that you can see yourself asking someone else to do, whether they are big or small, and sorted them into categories.  In my next write-up, I’ll offer ways to manage these lists and if you see fit, how to search for a Virtual Assistant that best fits what I call, the “smaller things in life.”

Are you bogged down in everyday life?  Would it be a blessing to have someone organize your bills or even run to the grocery store for you?  Well, if this sounds like your life, you’ll want to check back next month for new developments on how to make this a reality!