We live in a fast-paced life with multiple obligations. Even the family dog has obligations. Busy entrepreneurs and working parents try to become adept at juggling multiple responsibilities. If they have “I’m the only one who can do this the way it should be done” syndrome, it’s certain to lead to burnout and a rapid transformation into Mr. or Ms. GrumpyPants.
Do the obvious (yes, bite the bullet) and consider hiring a temp or virtual assistant, getting help from a colleague or team member, or hire someone to manage a particular activity on a regular basis.
So, keep your head above water and delegate these types of tasks:
- Repetitive Activities. These tasks should be easy to explain and/or have specific written instructions. Examples: data entry, client calls, filing, check voicemail/e-mail, etc.
- “This drives me crazy!” Tasks. These are activities that turn your brain into soup or worse yet, make your blood pressure and stress level rise. For me, that’s bookkeeping. For you, that could be copywriting, web design, research, etc.
- Project Steps. Identify small and big steps and delegate by matching specific action items to skill set. Be clear about expectations and timeline.
- Learning Opportunities. Give someone a chance to shine and learn a new skill. It takes more time in the beginning to get them up to speed (remember to give them all the tools they need to be successful), but in the end, it has the potential to pay huge dividends. Why? Because it will make them AND you look good.
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