Simple Delegating Tips You Should Start Doing Today
I suck at delegating.
Who ever said “if you want something done right you gotta do it yourself”, was a kindred spirit of mine. I can’t help it — I like things done a certain way. I am not saying that someone else’s way is wrong, I’m just saying my way is better… (no really, that’s what I’m saying). Here are a few simple delegating tips that can help you prosper in life, both personally and professionally.
The Manage, Focus Avoid & Limit Mantra
Here’s one parameter I’ve always been told to use. Below is Stephen Covey’s Important vs. Urgent matrix.
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The third quadrant (things that are Urgent but Not Important) usually holds things that can be delegated. These are things that can take your focus off the tasks only you can do.
Focus Your Time on Important, Not Urgent Tasks
I tell people I work with to focus 80% of their energy in the second quadrant for two reasons.
- Usually those are the things only you can do (if taking your wife out on a date is something you want to outsource then you may want to revisit being married) or;
- It will have a major impact on your life both personally and professionally.
I am not saying that someone else’s way is wrong, I’m just saying my way is better… (no really, that’s what I’m saying).
The 15 Minute Rule
Another standard from the likes of guys like Ari Meisel and Tim Ferris is delegating anything that takes you longer than 15 minutes, like errands — which is crazy on some level — but think about it for a minute.
Imagine a life where you didn’t run errands
I know that a simple run to the grocery store usually takes a couple hours. With a service like Amazon Prime, things you shop for on a regular basis are brought to your doorstep at regular times (toiletries, paper goods, etc.). Instead of breaking up fights between the kids for 2 hours, you can actually do something fun with them… like Fifa Soccer on Xbox!
I’m not sure where I fall on the spectrum of delegating — I suppose it would require me to let go a bit of control. It would also require me to trust. Just the thought gives me anxiety — but to get to where I want to be, I will have to do both of them….and then make sure I take my wife out on that date.