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Only Do the Things You Love

Kurt Wilkin

“Simplicity boils down to two steps:
Identify the essential. Eliminate the rest.”
Leo Babauta

I’ve noticed a few things about my work life over the years. It’s really very simple. My day is filled with a combination of the things I’m good at and I love doing – and the not-so-enjoyable things that I often struggle with. Now that I think about it, like most everything else, it probably matches up fairly well with the 80/20 rule.

EOS Worldwide describes it as doing more of what you love (80%), and less of what you don’t  (20%). No matter what your role is, employ simplicity by identifying what is crucial and what isn’t – what you enjoy and what you don’t. The rest? Let it go. This is easier said than done, but here are three tips to get you started doing more of what you love.

If you don’t like it, get rid of it.
Not so fast, though. First, is this really something you can eliminate? Consider consulting with your team to get the input of others rather than making a solitary decision. When you eliminate things you aren’t good at or don’t enjoy, you recover precious time back to pour back into the things you love.

Delegation is elevation.
What happens to the things we don’t love doing but are still essential to the team and to the business? Look to your team – there are members of your team who are more effective at many of those tasks and would do a better job than you will. I agree with EOS – this essentially frees you up for revenue-generating or higher purpose work.

Outsource it.
Outsourcing is an innovation that helping so many businesses in so many ways, including HireBetter. When we can’t delegate the work we don’t like to our team, consider bringing in someone else with the skills and expertise to get it done better and faster. We have partnered with a few 3rd party firms for certain projects within HireBetter. And this is also why we offer interim and project-based resources to our clients. Problem solved!

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