As so many of us juggle the demands of family and career these days, surely there are ways to strike a healthier balance? Yes please! Must we get to a point of total bewilderment before we go about improving things? Of course not.
*Slight digression: I’m an avid news.com.au reader, and read the lifestyle section every single day. Most weeks there’s (yet another) story advising what the path to true happiness & contentment is, and usually the latest hipster’s answers are to smile, stop worrying, never give up, have no regrets, blah blah blah. Look whether you choose to believe in vague, rainbow kittens and sparkly unicorns or not is up to you, but it’s never worked for me, and especially not on an intellectual level, where I am stationed for a fair amount of time. I believe happiness comes from a foundation of health, living your passions (having time to live those passions), and keeping stress to a minimum. Stress happens when the demands on you outweigh the resources you have to deal with them.
So what do you do to minimise stress?
Either minimise the demands or increase the resources. Simple.
If you want to make more money and/or have more time in your business then the key to doing so is doing more business right. But how do you do that with the same amount of time and resources. The answer is, you don’t. You outsource. Outsourcing is about working smarter not harder. *Disclaimer: I’m not talking about outsourcing any tasks that you say you do for your clients yourself and then give it to someone else to do on the sly (and then say you did it), that’s just unethical. Continue reading article