Delegation – something many of us shy away from. We like to be independent, do things for ourselves. Or we are too shy to ask for help. Or we don’t want to bother others. Or we don’t want to spend money on something we can do ourselves. Or we think we can somehow find the time to do everything ourselves. Or we don’t trust anyone else to do things – even things that aren’t that important. Or we’ve always done it on our own, so we need to keep doing that, Or…. Seriously?
It is so important to find good ways to get things done, and it is not always ourselves who are the best or only people who can do things. If there is someone in your team or your family who can add value to a task and get some/most/all of it done, then why not share the load?
Yet it is not always easy to let go. You have to have people you can trust, with the right skills, etc., etc. There are lots of reasons (excuses) why many of us are slow to delegate. Here are some reasons why you should give it serious consideration:
1 Your time is precious. Maybe it’s worth more than money – maybe there are some things that you do that you could delegate to someone else, so that you can spend more time on what you are best at.
For example – house maintenance, cleaning, painting… sure they are all things you could do yourself, but are there any other options? Can you afford to buy yourself some time by hiring someone in to do it?
2 Other people may thrive if they are given opportunities to help you with your work
For example – specialised work tasks. Perhaps you are the best person for the job, but sometimes there are others who would be happy to have an opportunity to try. They may make some mistakes, but if they are good people and you trust them, then they will learn. And that can help to take the load off you (plus add an additional perspective).
3 Your work will be improved with additional perspectives
For example – editing your book. Of course you need to do a certain amount of this yourself, but getting in others to help, including a professional editor and beta readers, will IMPROVE your book beyond whatever you might be able to do on your own.
So get to it! Spread your tasks around – delegate. Find some helpers and share the load! And let’s hope that it leads you to getting more done and achieving better results for the stuff that’s important to you 🙂