When we add new projects or responsibilities in our life, we have to eliminate old ones. If we don’t, the time allocated to each task shrinks. Ultimately, we become less and less productive.
Time is the limiting factor for all of us. When I get overwhelmed with work, something has to give. If not, life will get very frustrating. But, deciding what to give up can be trying. All of your tasks are important, right? Here are some things to consider.
- 1. Delegate to another person. This option has many benefits in the work environment. You can pass on your knowledge and skills, as you develop your team, an employee, a peer, or someone you contract.
- 2. Find the appropriate substitute. Sometimes matches are easy. For example, spend more time exercising and less time eating, or spend more time reading and less time watching videos. Matching what you drop and add can make the transition easier.
- 3. Avoid giving up relaxation for work time. It is tempting to think you are just going to work harder to get everything done. It may help for a short time, but it won’t work long term. We all need time to recharge. If you decide to reduce your recreation time, be sure to improve the quality of it. For example, substitute watching television with something you enjoy more. Spend more time with your family, or more time meeting friends. Go to the theater, learn to cook a new recipe, or visit the gym. Develop a habit of making the most of your recreation time, the same as striving to make your work time more productive.
When I think back over the last five years, I could have been more proactive in the way I chose to spend my time. We can choose what we drop, and choose what we add. If we don’t someone else will choose for us. Having the ability to delegate really is the most important part of the whole process. If you can’t pass some of the load to others, you will surely continue to struggle. Luckily, Robby Slaughter gave us a great list of signs that we need to be aware of so we know when we need to delegate responsibilities.
Signs We Need to Delegate
I’ll include the original list from SystemRock:
- All you do is work.
- You’ve become a slave to your business.
- Things are falling through the cracks despite your best efforts.
- You have little to no time to yourself.
What else is there to add to that? Maybe a few things about attitude:
- People call you a “control freak.”
- You feel the need to re-do work that was done by others.
- You find it hard to work with colleagues or employees.
- You are generally tired and frustrated.
Delegating responsibilities is a pretty important aspect of business. Phil Foster at The HR Director agrees and posted an article where he took advice from some successful entrepreneurs on the topic. One that caught my eyes was a quote by Richard Bronson in a recent article ‘How to delegate when launching a business’:
If you really want to grow as an entrepreneur, you’ve got to learn to delegate. When my friends and I started up Virgin, I knew that I was lacking vital knowledge on some subjects, and so I started learning this skill very early on in my career.
Even some of the most successful businessmen agree that delegating is a huge part of being successful. Start now before the stress of your workload burns you out. Doing this can help you on your path to success!