Do You Really Need to DIY?


Answer this honestly: do you personally need to do all the things on your to-do list? Regardless of your response, I’ll answer it for you. No, you don’t. There are two very simple reasons why the answer is no, and they are called outsourcing and out-tasking.

Outsourcing is the practice of giving another party management or control of a project. Does your business need IT help? This is the most common use of outsourcing, but it can also be helpful when you’re manufacturing something like apparel. You probably don’t need to be sewing buttons all day, do you?

Out-tasking means taking one piece of that project and giving it to another party to complete. You may be running the home, but do you need to be the one cleaning it? Housekeeping and similar chores are easy to out-task. Need a car wash? You’re too busy to start wrestling with a hose, no doubt.

Consider the things you don’t want to do or don’t excel in. Being able to dissect your to-do list into things you need to do and things you can have others do is an important skill that isn’t always easy. Whether it’s at work or at home, it’s okay to ask for help. In fact, I encourage you to.

Your time is precious – don’t waste it on mundane tasks that you could easily delegate to someone else. What would you do with that extra few hours?