It’s amazing how many times I’m talking to someone about what I do for a living, and when they hear that I’m a Virtual Assistant, they say, “Oh wow. I’m such a perfectionist. I could never work with a VA because I know there’s no way they’d do things the way I want them done.”
Trust me, I get it. When you’re a perfectionist, you’ve got a certain way you want things done. You’re sure that no one else could possibly do things as well as you do, and it’s just easier to let yourself continue to be swamped and over-worked than to take a chance on someone whose work probably won’t live up to your expectations anyway. Really, I get it.
But when you’re swamped and over-worked in your business, it takes a toll on other areas of your life. It might be impacting your sleep. It takes away from time that could otherwise be spent with loved ones. Heck, it’s probably even affecting your diet because I’ll bet you’re eating quick less-than-healthy meals at your desk instead of sitting down to a nice, relaxing dinner with the family. And I’ll bet you’re not getting the exercise and fresh air your body needs.
The price that perfectionism takes on your life can be really high. But what if you could find a way to let go, just a little, and ask for the help you need?
Isn’t it worth taking a chance – even a small one – to get a little but of assistance and peace of mind, and maybe even a good night’s rest?
Most of my clients are perfectionists. They’ve got definite ideas of how they want to run their blog or business, and they’ll tell you that surrendering a little bit of control in order to work with a Virtual Assistant was difficult in the beginning. But here is some of their best advice on how to make it a little less painful.
1) Go slow. Even if there are a dozen tasks on your to-do list, start off slowly by delegating just one or two to a Virtual Assistant. This is a win for 2 reasons: first, it gives you a little break because now there’s one less thing on your list, and secondly, it gives you the chance to learn to trust your VA. You’ll be able to see the quality of her work on this one small project before deciding that you want to delegate more tasks to her.
2) Be clear about your expectations. Because people can’t read minds (is that a good thing or a bad thing?!), it’s imperative that you properly communicate your expectations to your VA. If she isn’t clear on what you need and expect from her, there’s no way she can provide the quality of work you deserve. Don’t set her up for failure by not providing her with the details and direction needed for the project. I always say it’s better to over-explain than to assume your VA knows what you want. What is it they say about when you assume?
3) Be realistic. Your VA is not a superhero. Even if she comes with glowing recommendations from other bloggers or business owners, it’s going to take a little time for the two of you to really get to know one another and work seamlessly together. There may be a little back-and-forth on projects before she produces a final product that is exactly what you had in mind. Your VA may not get it exactly right the first time. This is totally normal and to be expected, so don’t get frustrated or give up. Keep moving forward.
4) Know when to let go. Let’s be honest. You may initially partner with a Virtual Assistant who isn’t the best fit for you. That’s okay; it happens to the best of us. If after a fair amount of time you simply feel that it’s not working out, don’t be afraid to move on. Also, don’t be disappointed if your VA makes the choice to move on. The relationship has to be a good fit for both of you and if it isn’t, hanging on doesn’t do anyone a bit of good. Let go, move on, and find a VA who’s going to be the right team member for you.
If you’ve ever worked with a Virtual Assistant, how did you let go of your perfectionist tendencies and allow yourself to reap the benefits of having a partner? I’d love to hear about it in a comment below. And if you’ve never worked with a VA but would like to learn more about it, feel free to shoot me a message and let’s chat about the possibilities!
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