There are two important time-savers that I teach clients and practice myself. One is to build a strong Life Team around you—people who complement your strengths with their expertise. Second is to identify and focus on what I call HLAs—these are high-leverage activities, the things that matter most in achieving our goals.
These days I can confidently delegate things to my Life Team and thus create plenty of room on the calendar for my HLAs. I’m clear on what my time is worth, and I make decisions accordingly.
A good way to look at delegation is to examine your goals and activities and identify which things absolutely cannot be delegated, like lunch with a key client or time spent with your mentor. Now identify those things that can be effectively handled by people on your Life Team. Let them make the follow-up calls to sales prospects, or field résumés from job candidates.
Once you start delegating with a strategy in mind, it can become addictive, and you’ll want to delegate more; this can give you more time and energy to focus on the things you do best and enjoy most. You will see immediate results because you’re spending more minutes and hours focusing on the short list of things that really matter to you.