I applied the rule I like to use at work. Each of my days is worth $1000 and if a job is going to take up valueable product creation time, be boring and can be outsourced and cost less then that then I hire a professional to do the grunt work for me. Five minutes after deciding to delegate I had hired a professional proofer for the job at exactly $100.Elance.com has made many tens of thousands of dollars out of me. Elance.com has also saved me many, many weeks of hard and frustrating work and allowed me to make tens of thousands of dollars per month. It’s the perfect win win.
Next time you have a boring but essential job which needs doing. Consider outsourcing. I put the job post up, send out some automatic invites and back came a top person for the job with good references and experience.