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Master the Art of Delegation

“The first rule of management is delegation.  Don’t try to do everything yourself, because you can’t.”

Anthea Turner

Modern woman having to deal with business and her personal life

Hi Motivated people, how are you?  Did you have a good week and did you manage to get the good life formula going of 8 hours work, 8 hours rest and 8 hours sleep?  Hope you did and I hope it made a difference.  I have to confess that I didn’t manage it myself!  I have been really busy and have a lot of extra demands on my time right now.  Instead of looking after me, I just felt sorry for myself.  Did that work?  No, that is never the answer.  Being a victim won’t ever get you the life you want.  So thinking about that, made me think about delegating, so let’s see how we can use that tool to make our lives better.

You can’t do it all

That’s what our great quote is telling us.  Recognising this is major.  If you try to do everything for everyone, not only won’t there be anything left for you, you won’t be working efficiently and productively and you probably won’t be very nice to be around.  I do talk from personal experience here.  When I get busy, I tend to just get on with it and work really hard.  Then I start feeling hard done by, then I feel taken for granted and undervalued, then I play the martyr and victim.  The pity party is a party for one and it’s illogical as it takes us in the opposite direction to where we want to go.  Does any of this resonate with you?  If so, the first step is to recognise and acknowledge that you can’t do it all and something has to change to take control of the situation.

Do you have time to delegate?

You have to make time!  I have heard so many people tell me over the years that they can’t delegate because it’s quicker to just do it themselves.  The thing is that that’s all you will ever do.  You have just created yourself a job for life.  Worse than that, you have dis-empowered those who work for you, what is the point in that?  It can be harder initially to delegate if you need to train others.  Training others to do the things you don’t have time for, releases your time so you can work on things that matter more.  The benefit to those you delegate to is massive.  It is making a difference in their lives and helping them grow and develop and learn new skills.  Most people want to be able to do all that. It is an absolute win/win both for the delegator and the delegatee, so it’s worth doing.

How do you take control and start delegating?

A good place to start is in knowing what you are really good at and what you are not so good at. I have a great worksheet for you to help with this, it is the Delegation Identifier.  It helps you discover what you love doing, what you hate doing, what you are not good at and what you never have time for.  Once you find that out, you can work out what you most want to delegate, what is easiest to delegate and , what saves you the most time.  It really helps clarify where to start.  Again, remember take small steps, make little changes as that’s how you make it do-able and avoid feeling overwhelmed.  Click here: for the Delegation Identifier.  Have fun with it, it’s the start of taking control and getting a less stressful and chaotic life.  If you have a business, it will make a huge difference to the efficiency of how it is run.  If you have a busy family life, it will bring peace and order to it.

Let me know how you get on and if this has helped make a difference for you.  Have a great week of delegating one small thing at a time.