December 2010





A Personal Concierge is so much more than a human word processor. Sure, being able to type up documents for you may be high on your list of job requirements, but it pays to consider what other tasks you can delegate.

The first thing you need to do is compile a comprehensive to-do-list. List tasks in priority order and include a due date. You can work through the list together or delegate particular jobs.  Your Personal Concierge may have an area that she specialises in, having qualifications or experience that she can bring with her.  Make sure that you find out what she likes to do and is good at before setting her the work.

Important birthdays and anniversaries are a good thing to delegate. Give your Personal Concierge a calendar of events. a budget and suggested interest for each person you need to buy for.  They can buy and wrap gifts for you, buy cards and arrange postage if required.

A Personal Concierge can research information and pricing on products that are hard to get, too.  Don’t waste your time trying to track down that one-off item when your Personal Concierge can do it for you. She can arrange quotes and even carry out purchases for you when you have made your choice. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have someone who can go shopping for particular items while you work and save you the stressful last minute dash around?

If you are thinking of travelling, your concierge can seek out the best value flights, hire cars, book accommodation and fill out a comprehensive itinerary for you.  How much easier is that than trying to do it yourself?

A Personal Concierge can source any other required services for you, book appointments and restaurants and tickets to entertainment events. The list of possibilities is only limited by your ability to delegate!

Call me – delegating is not painful you know – you’ll end up wondering how you have gone so long without doing it!

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Have you heard of the Getting Things Done (GTD) system?

The GTD is an organisational method created by David Allen, which is detailed in his book of the same name.

In 2007, Time Magazine called Getting Things Done the self-help business book of its time.

David Allen and his GTD system is big business.  He travels the world giving private coaching sessions and seminars to big business and executives and has been hired by over 40% of the American top Fortune 100 companies.

So how does GTD work? According to Allen:

“- GTD rests on the principle that a person needs to move tasks out of their mind and get them recorded somewhere. That way, the mind is freed from the job of remembering everything that needs to be done, and can concentrate fully on actually performing those tasks.”

Have you ever woken up at 3am realising you’ve forgotten to do something? According to Allen, if you first make decisions about what needs to be done, then catalogue your to do list with your long term goals defined you won’t have those nasty 3am wake-ups.

Once the emails, phone calls and to-do lists are completely under control, that is when the big changes start. Your mind will be released of all those loose, nagging threads and will be free to dream up big ideas. It will also enable to you gain control of your life, relieve stress and achieve greater success.

You know, I think David Allen would approve of Personal Concierge’s.  We get things done for you. If you need help with your ‘to do’ list, give me a call.

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