I am comfortable delegating tasks that do not fit my schedule.

Self Relection Friday

I am comfortable rejecting or delegating tasksSo as a business owner, entrepreneur or independent professional, how comfortable are you at delegating tasks? If you’re not how are you feeling at the end of this week? Joyous and happy because it’s been productive and you have made progress towards your goals and dreams. Or has it been one of those weeks that has left you feeling stressed and overwhelmed because there is too much work for the time available?

If the latter is the case, you need to consider making some changes to the way you run your business. You need balance in your life! One way of discovering work-life balance is to enlist the help of others, either through delegating if possible or working with a virtual assistant.

For various reasons many business owners leave it far too late before they start to use this strategy, but it can be a key way to move your business forward and to save your sanity.

I am comfortable rejecting or delegating tasks that do not fit my schedule.

Delegating tasks is something I am comfortable doing. I actively plan and organise my tasks and to-do list because I am a responsible person.  I organise my life so I may have a healthy balance of work, family, and personal time.

If I am faced with a task that does not fit my schedule, I choose not to shuffle other activities around nor steal time from my family.  If I do not have time for a task, I simply and politely decline the task or offer to find someone else to complete it.

I do not have to complete everything for it to be completed well. I feel confident that there are capable people who can accomplish my tasks so I can be free to live a balanced life.

Delegating tasks to other people is a responsible thing to do.  Trying to cram 30 hours worth of activities into a 24-hour day is not only impossible, it’s also irresponsible and unhealthy.  I choose to take care of my family and myself first.

As I begin to respect myself, people will begin to respect me in return.  Even if I have always been the “yes person” and others are used to dumping work on me, I can begin to reject excessive workloads starting now.

I delegate without feeling guilt or shame because I am still an efficient employee.  But being an efficient employee does not mean that I can add hours to the day. Having too much on my plate does not mean that I need to work faster and harder; it means that I am working too hard.

Today, I choose to put myself first!

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. Do I have clear times set aside for work and play?
  2. Do I respect my time boundaries?
  3. Which of my tasks can I cancel or delegate in order to dedicate more attention to things I love?

So how will you answer this week Self Reflection Friday Questions?

Till Next Time

Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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4 thoughts on “I am comfortable delegating tasks that do not fit my schedule.

  1. This is so important for everyone to learn and to put into practice. It has taken me a long time to figure how to tell others no. I always want to help others and then end up shorting myself in the process. Learning to say no when necessary is saying yes to oneself.

    • We are are brought up to be helpful Julie, I would turn your last sentence around and suggest that everytime we say yes to someone else we are in fact saying no to ourselves

  2. I must admit that leaving delegating for the last minute is where most of us fail. If we delegate at the start of the project there’d probably be more time for family and life.