Efficiency is the name of the game at Agents of Efficiency (obviously) so we’re making it even more efficient for you to improve your business by sorting through all the boring stuff to bring you only the best tips from the wide world of the web.
Here are this week’s #2tips4tues:
STOP BEING A CONTROL FREAK …
Fast Company shares several lessons about how to work less and still get ahead. Lesson four on their list is delegating tasks, and Tom Bourlet, a digital marketer, was the lesson’s embodiment. He burned out from taking on too much and had to leave the country for three months to recover. Bourlet said that coming to the realization “that you can’t learn every aspect of a role is one of the key steps workaholics need to make to get back their work/life balance.” He said he tried to learn how to do everything from learning “how to code the site, make the page designs, PPC, SEO, social media, email marketing …” His list went on for quite a bit longer before he added: “It took me a few years to realize you simply cannot be an expert in every potential area of your role and what could take you a week to do, someone else could complete in just an hour.'” Bourlet said he had to embrace his limitations and delegate tasks to “focus on what will benefit you and your business the most, rather than taking on every task yourself.”
… AND BE MORE LIKE A PIGEON — YES, A PIGEON
The Telegraph might have stumbled upon the most surprising tip of all. They say the secret to efficiency at work is to be more like a pigeon: “Humans could be more efficient if they learnt from pigeons and stopped thinking about what they are doing, according to scientists. Switching between making a phone call and writing an email led to more mistakes as humans stopped doing one thing and started another. … Previous studies have shown that people are faster and more accurate when they repeat the same task than when they do something different.”