Running your own business is more than your passion, it is a major part of your life and who you are. When you are working on something that you are passionate about, your mind is constantly whirring around the inner workings and details of your business. Regardless of your business focus and area of expertise, it seems for every task that you get done, three or four more grow in its place. Discover more about delegation and its importance in life and business.
Delegation is Essential
One of the reasons why delegating and outsourcing have become so popular is because we realize that we just can’t do this all by ourselves. We need intelligent, hard-working, motivated, reliable support and help so that we can continue to grow our businesses, duplicate our efforts, and most importantly to give ourselves some time to decompress.
Let Go and Get Productive
Let’s walk through some ways to show how you can start to let go of responsibilities, stress, and worries in your business. Discover how you can start delegating tasks and projects to free up your time. Learn ways to improve your quality of life and increase your productivity by selectively working less.
Why Perfection is the Enemy of Good Enough
Before we get into anything else, you have to realize that nothing in life is going to be perfect. Whether it be in your personal life or your business, there is always going to be something imperfect, and there will always be room for improvement. If you are a serious type A personality or you are obsessive about achieving perfection in your personal life or your business, it’s time to start accepting that there are very few things in life that turn out perfectly.
Edit It Later
Have you heard the saying “ready, fire, aim?” You can spend all of the time in the world prepping, planning and agonizing over details and how to improve the process or the product. Sometimes, you just have to try something to know if it is going to work, and then adjust as you go. Think of your job or personal life as a novel or a large term paper. It is never going to be perfect, so sometimes you just have to get all of your thoughts and outline on the page first, and then you can go back, edit and adjust things later.
How to Let Go of Anything
The first place that we need to start when delegating is the practice of letting go. As a responsible and hardworking person, letting go of everything from current and future tasks to past mistakes and lessons learned can seem impossible, but it’s something that we need to work on. Letting go of tasks and responsibilities in your life or your business may be one of the most difficult things that you do because you love your business and want everything to go your way according to your plan. However, delegating is one of the best things that you will do for your business and your mental health.
The Day Must End
Accept that every work day that you go into is finite, and there is no possible way you can get everything done. There is one of you and just 24 hours in a day. When you walk away from the office or shut your laptop at the end of the day, don’t look at everything that you weren’t able to get done. Focus on all that you accomplished that day and then plan accordingly for tomorrow.
Improving Business Profits with Delegation
Sure, at the end of the day you can probably do anything in your business two to three times as good as any of the people who work for you. However, you have to start delegating before you burn out completely. You don’t have to start with great processes, projects or heavy responsibilities. Most of the time it is best to start relying on your team in baby steps.
Keep It Simple
Start delegating a few simple tasks a week that you find to be time-consuming. You will find that as you trust more in your team, managers or employees, they will gladly rise to the occasion. Make sure that you let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing and how much they are helping you. Delegating tasks and the workload will give you more time to work on growing your business instead of wasting time on minutiae or simple tasks that someone else could do.
Freeing up Time with Delegation and Improving Quality of Life
One of the greatest gifts that you can give yourself when letting go and delegating work is improving your quality of life outside of work. Once you begin delegating work tasks and responsibilities to qualified, hardworking members of your team, that frees up more of your time so that you can work on your business instead of in your business.
Take Care of Yourself
What is equally as important is taking more downtime so that you can take better care of your mental and emotional health. As entrepreneurs, we tend to convince ourselves that our work output is unlimited and that we can be “on” all of the time without giving ourselves an ounce of downtime or rest. Here’s a big dose of reality: you need downtime, hobbies, and a social life. If you aren’t giving yourself time to relax and decompress, your work efficiency and effectiveness quickly diminishes.
You can’t do this on your own. We weren’t designed to be on high output work mode all the time. In the best interest of your business, time and mental health, start taking baby steps toward delegating more responsibilities and tasks to your team and watch your business and personal life flourish. Working with a dedicated life coach can help you redefine your goals, learn how to delegate responsibilities, and live a more balanced life.
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