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101 Tips for Telecommuters—Successfully Manage Your Work, Team, Technology and Family by Debra A. Dinnocenzo

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75. Know When to Outsource

Expecting to do everything yourself when you telecommute is unrealistic. Trying to do everything yourself is undermining—to your success, your sanity, and your productivity. Let's face it, you're:

  • Good at some things, lousy at others.

  • Enjoy some things, hate others.

  • Only one person (with only two hands, 24 hours in a day, and limits to your personal energy).

Besides the fundamental reality of your preferences and limits, there are some tasks you certainly can do but shouldn't do since your time is better invested in more productive, focused, revenue-generating or goaloriented work. So, when determining what to outsource, ask yourself:

  • Are you capable of doing this? Does it capitalize on your expertise, play to your strengths, ...

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