Category : 4-Hour Workweek

Why do I need to go Virtual?


Exploring multiple passions while doing your everyday job is not an easy feat. When you are in college, you have the opportunity to explore your passions. If you like to plan parties, love reading and have awesome singing skills you can manage all three by joining different clubs and get to do what you love all at the same time.  Then eventually the corporate world catches up to us.

Everyday 9-5-work schedule and our busy lives do not leave us with much time to combine our passions into one career. And we think to ourselves only if I had more time!

Escape the 9-5 grind!

When we first started out with virtual assistant service back on 2003, we didn’t realize the impact that a va can have on the lives of our clients and the freedom that having one gives them in their daily lives. It is only after Tim Ferris wrote about it in New York Times bestseller “4-hour work week” that people realized the power of working with remote employees. You are no longer a slave to your traditional work hours or your office space. All you need is Internet connectivity and your laptop and you can practically manage your business from anywhere in the world and Tim not only writes about it but also practices what he preaches.

Freedom to choose your workers, their timings and skills

In a traditional set up you would have to interview individuals, go through their resumes, negotiate the salaries, offer benefits and workspace and all added extra costs. So if you had work that did not need someone full time, you were stuck with not so diligent or skilled workers or had to pay more to get your job done. This isn’t the scenario with virtual assistants. How does working with Virtual assistants give you freedom:

  • You are the Boss and have the flexibility to choose your assistant from a pool of talented individuals, work hours in terms of how much work you need to get done and pay for it without having to worry about the overheads.
  • You no longer are limited to do what you like to do by not having people with right skills to work for you. You can hire across various talent pools, irrespective of your physical location and get your work done.

Get Creative

With more time at your hands, new opportunities and a world of possibilities open up. With the freedom to choose your own location/workspace, be it the beach or a cafe, along with the flexibility to choose your team, a window to new creative solutions is created. Newer thoughts and rejuvenated thinking process stems to processes and solutions that are more cost effective and creative. Your mind is now free to explore the creative edge and passions that were hidden earlier.

If you are looking for a virtual assistant, who is talented, smart and loves to help clients by making them more time to do what they love to do, you can sign up now and experience the world of 4 hour work week!

How the 80/20 rule or Pareto Principle improves productivity and reduces stress


Famous Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of Italy’s land was owned by 20% of its population, as per Wikipedia. He made many similar observations related to productivity, sales, business, economy and other daily applications. And what he concluded was that, the 80-20 rule applied to all these diverse situations and economic areas.

Think about it,

  • You spend 80% of your time, doing 20% of your tasks
  • 80% of your revenue is made by 20% of your clients
  • 80% of your company’s growth is related to 20% of your employees
  • 80% of your productivity is because of 20% of your work

Rule of vital few:

It is called the rule of vital few. That means vital 20% account for the trivial 80%. As Tim Ferris suggests in his book “4-hour work week”, it is these vital 20% of tasks that we should be focusing on. He even goes on to suggest that those 20% of clients that make majority of 80% of complaints and trouble, that we should fire them.

How it can help you:

Pareto Principle

What we learn from this principle is to focus on those vital tasks that really matter. By doing do we reduce stress and maximize productivity. All those mundane tasks can be easily delegated to your virtual assistant and taken care of should be outsourced to your assistant. It will take very less time, if any to send these over, if needed small amount of training and management in the beginning but overall in the end it is a win-win situation. You save more time to work on productive and meaningful tasks and have someone else do the tedious, repetitive and boring work for you. When you have more time to yourself, you will find yourself worrying less and being more creative.

The end result of delegation is to focus on what’s important and that as per the rule is only 20%. So if you start thinking the Pareto way, you will have 80% of your time to yourself enjoying your life, doing what you love to do.

Pareto way of life is very addictive! And Tasks Everyday is your ideal partner to help you work smart on the Right Things that matter.

Virtual Assistant and How to build real relationships in this virtual world


Time and again, tenured writers, business analysts, professors, leaders have talked about concepts and theories of maximizing benefits of work-life balance. They might have different approaches, possibilities and paths but one thing that they have in common is the goal and that is “how to get the most out of your employees and how to help your employees get the most out of their jobs.”

Grant, 31, is the youngest-tenured and highest rated professor at Wharton. In his latest article on New York Times, he has highlighted concepts about the work-life dynamics and four-hour workweek secrets. He highlights delegation as one of the key concepts, which we believe is the very foundation of virtual assistant industry. As business owners we shouldn’t be doing half the stuff that we are doing on daily basis. We need to learn to grow and delegate effectively to make the most of our time and energy.

Timothy Ferriss, author of “The 4-Hour Workweek”, New York Times best seller, wrote in lengths about outsourcing your life, hiring virtual assistants and leading the real 4-hour workweek life.

There is nothing virtual about your relationship with your virtual assistant. “Virtual assistants who love to help” was the headline in recent press coverage of Tasks Everyday, that’s exactly what Katie wrote about us in Sunday times UK and the weekend Australian magazine. Virtual assistants at Tasks Everyday feel good about their work. Based out of Mumbai, they get to work for international clients, exposure and the variety of tasks they do on day-to-day basis is overwhelming. This job is very exciting, just like virtual tourism; they feel they are a part of your business located in New Jersey or LA or Texas. They absolutely love their job, as they bask in the financial incentives of working as a full time VA, a little appreciation from their client goes a long way. Motivation and the sense of being able to help is a very strong factor according to some researchers.

Read more about nurturing relationship with your virtual assistant in our upcoming posts…