If you have a to-do list a mile long and growing you will have several options to choose from.
Deborah Ike · February 27, 2018
If you have a to-do list a mile long and growing and don’t stop to re-evaluate, you have a few options to follow:
- Work a ridiculous amount of hours trying to get it all done
- Prioritize the list and realize some items just won’t get done anytime soon
- Talk with your boss to see if you can completely eliminate certain tasks
- Delegate tasks to others
The first option isn’t healthy – for you or your family. The second option can work, especially if you have agreement from your leadership on the prioritization. Eliminating some tasks is probably a good idea if you can get approval to do so. However, when eliminating tasks isn’t doable the option to delegate certain tasks is ideal.
Delegation accomplishes two things:
1. It gets the work done by someone who has the time (which at the moment is not you).
2. It provides the person you’re delegating to the opportunity to learn and develop new skills.
Delegation, however, isn’t simply a process of “Here…do this task” and walking away. It requires explaining the task and at least offering a high-level overview of how to complete it. Sometimes it feels like it would be faster to just do it yourself instead of delegating. While that may be true in the short-term, you’re setting yourself up to fail in the long-term if you choose to try and do it all on your own.
To make the delegation process easier and less time-consuming, here are a few tips:
#1 – Delegate wisely