So 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!
- Do I have clear times set aside for work and play?
- Do I respect my time boundaries?
- 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