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Be Smart. Delegate.
By Dawn Roth
We have all heard (or made) the same excuses for not delegating
tasks before. What you may not realize is that this skill
can cut your workload in half, allowing you to focus energies
on more pressing matters. Here's how:
Let go of these ideas.
I'm the only one who can do it right.
There's no one to delegate to.
I can't take the time to show them how.
None of these are valid reasons for
shouldering it all yourself. Now decide what your core competencies
are (mentally or written). Anything that does not support
these essentials should be delegated.
Possible tasks to be delegated:
Copying, printing, collating
Have a plan for who is going to do
each task, a back up person and when the jobs are due for
Invest time upfront to train others
so you can reap the benefits in the long term. Alternately,
ask others how they would do your task, you might find some
Delegate your objectives and resist
spelling out each procedure. Always ask, "What else
do you need to get started?" Don't forget praise and
feedback for a job well done.
Find the time you never had through
delegation. Then celebrate that you are getting more work
done in less time.