5 Simple Tips for Getting the Help You Need
Starting and growing a private practice is a ton of work. If you achieve any amount of success you will encounter some extremely common challenges that can seriously impact your well-being.
Here are a few questions to consider.
- Is your to-do list bursting at the seams?
- Constantly buried in never-ending tasks?
- Feeling all alone in your private practice journey?
- You might need to get some help! Maybe delegate a few things. Possibly build a team that allows you to reach your dreams quicker.
After all, you should be able to change the world and love your life! These tips will help you get there a bit faster.
Tip #1 Admit that you need help
You think you can successfully juggle all the roles & tasks in your business.
Doing everything yourself for too long is a recipe for burnout!
Admit that you need help. You are amazing, brilliant and competent. There is no doubt about that! However, you are also human and you have limitations. If you want to grow your business, you will need to delegate. You must avoid becoming the bottleneck to your own progress. You will need a team to accomplish your big dreams and you will ultimately be able to help more people if you get some help.
Grab a piece of paper and draw a line down the center, write the tasks you truly despise on the left side and the tasks you actually enjoy on the right, now circle one task on the left that you will take steps to delegate this week.
Tip #2 Calculate the value of your time
You spend too much time on low-value tasks without even realizing it.
You make excellent money when you focus on the right tasks!
Calculate the value of your time and compare that to what it would cost to outsource some of the low-value tasks. I love to get help with my insurance billing ($24/hr), my bookkeeping ($75/hr) and my lawn care ($30/hr). All of these tasks are significantly less than my $180 counseling fee and my $345 coaching fee. I consider those expenses to be necessary for my business growth as well as my personal well-being. It really is more of an investment than an expense!
Take a look at your total client income from last week’s sessions. Divide that by the total number of client appointments you had. This will give you your average fee. Now, avoid taking on new tasks (and ditch some current ones you are handling now) that cost significantly less than your average fee.
Tip #3 Accept that DONE is better than PERFECT
You think no one will handle the tasks as well as you do.
You can find amazing people that will share your values and do great work for you.
You need to accept that done is better than perfect. I’ll be honest with you on this one. No one will ever be as invested in your business as you are. That is actually ok. If you find quality people and companies to work with, you will get more done and be extremely happy, even when it is not perfect. Your high standards are important, but don’t let them stop you from delegating!
Grab a notebook and write down your worst fears about delegating and disaster. Read them out loud to someone you trust. Do some self-therapy and make a shift. Adjusting your expectations will make a world of difference & maybe even get you unstuck!
Tip #4 Use the Productive Therapist Directory
You don’t know where to find good help and/or you have already had some bad experiences.
Getting solid recommendations from sources you trust makes it easier to get the help you need.
Use our business directory for therapists! It’s tough finding a good therapist, a trustworthy contractor or a website designer. The struggle is real and we all have stories! However, the work it takes to find the right help is 100% worth the effort. I often go to my friends, colleagues and even a few Facebook groups to get good recommendations. If only there were stacks of Amazon reviews to evaluate virtual assistants!
Go check out our Business Directory to find some amazing individuals and companies that serve therapists. It is not exhaustive, but we have done a ton of research and it will definitely save you some time.
Tip #5 Start small & delegate something this week
You delay getting help due to some mixture of ambivalence, avoidance or fear.
Don’t feel bad, this stuff is hard. You just need to get started.
Start small & delegate something this week. Delegation (and asking for help in general) is like a muscle that you can exercise and develop. There are zero ambitious, successful therapists that are born with these skills. Trust me! Get some accountability if you need it, but make a commitment to yourself to get started with something small.
Grab that list you made from Tip #1. If you are like me you did all of these in your head and that’s ok! Find that task that you circled and write down 2–3 ideas about who you could ask for help from. Decide right now to reach out to those people or companies and find out the next steps to getting some help.
Pat yourself on the back for the emotional labor it took to read through these 5 tips!
You are seriously getting closer to becoming a pro at delegating and bringing more calm and balance into your life & your business.
At the end of the day, the goal is not really just about maximizing your productivity.
It’s about changing the world while building a life that you love. It’s about creating a sustainable business that serves your bigger goals and dreams.
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