Using a VA Gives You the Lifestyle You Want, Part 7

How Using a VA Can Give You the Lifestyle You've Always Dreamed Of

(This is the seventh blog post of the Using a VA series.)

Using a Mind Map to Open Up Possibilities

Are you familiar with a mind map? This is a rather interesting piece of software that enables you to let your mind roam free and plan a business process by using arrows, drop down boxes and other elements. It’s a more visual representation of the spreadsheet and is certainly much more fun to work with. When you get an hour or so to spare, you should download and get familiar with a mind map.

Feel free to experiment with your mind map. Start off with the main concept/topic and go off in a variety of different tangents. Each one is a “what if.” In this case, let’s imagine that the starting point is you. Put your name in the box in the center of the screen and then start to draw lines and further drop-down boxes filled with all of the tasks that you have to perform for your business.

You will find that you quickly start to develop quite a comprehensive mind map. Try and put everything in order so that it makes sense. You’ll soon come to quite an eye-opening realization. How on earth do you get all of this done in a typical work week?

That’s a very good question. However, a better question to ask yourself is where is the time that you are supposed to allocate to business expansion and growth? Do you even have a drop-down box for that? Are you using a VA to assist with your business?

Running a business requires organization. In order to run a successful business, you have to understand business processes, delegation and outsourcing.

You should create a new mind map where you will be able to see how delegating to a team of virtual assistants makes a tremendous amount of sense. Some business owners feel that their jobs will somehow become lost when they eventually decide to delegate. However, that is not the case if they are led by a first-class virtual assistant or project manager.

This new mind map should have a level for your own tasks, followed by project manager tasks and then those jobs done by using a VA. Now you can see how the power of delegation can work wonders for your business operation. You no longer have to worry about doing it all yourself.

The possible uses for a mind map are endless. You can use a mind map to brainstorm about all those business expansion projects that have just been sitting dormant. Or you could outline all those long overdue trips that you plan to take with your family this year!

Have you ever used a mind map to outline your business systems and brainstorm ideas? Leave a comment below on how mind maps have been helpful to you and your business.

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