Contributed by Daria Tsvenger, a recent guest on the EO Wonder podcast. Daria is a life coach for high achievers and a neuroscience nerd who founded The Dream Sprint, a personal growth challenge aimed to motivate and inspire people to fulfill their goals. She is also a mentor at 500 Startups, where she helps entrepreneurs manage stress, increase confidence and supercharge productivity.
“The inability to delegate is one of the biggest problems I see with managers at all levels,” said Eli Broad, an American businessman ranked by Forbes as the 233rd-wealthiest person in the world.
He’s right, of course. As entrepreneurs, we know that delegation is essential. In theory, it sounds awesome and makes sense. But in practice, it’s hard to find the right person you can trust and manage well.
Smaller business owners may think hiring a personal assistant is a luxury, and it would be wiser to save money and do everything yourself. In larger companies, executives have the resources to hire, but nobody teaches them how to manage a personal assistant’s time and delegate daily work beyond calendar management.
I hired my first personal assistant in 2019—and it’s been a game-changer. I’ve been a one-woman show since 2018 when I started my first business. I hired freelancers for specific tasks, including website design, copywriting and SEO. But, managing those freelancers was always on me, on top of the actual client work and content creation. In 2019, I realized that I wanted somebody to be my right hand and essentially replace me on specific tasks.