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DelegatingDelegating tasks can be a difficult thing to do. For many it’s hard because you really own what you do, others seek and like to maintain control. If you truly want to grow, you’ve got to let things go. First of all, let’s face it, you can’t do everything. That might be how things were when you first started your business, but there comes a time to delegate.

The rule is, if you don’t have to be the one to do it, give it to someone else.  I have heard it so many times before–you might think that in the time it takes for you to explain how to do something to someone you could actually have done the task yourself.  Now, that might be true with some tasks, but the point you’re missing here is that if you take the time to set that foundation, you really do save yourself plenty of time in the long run. If it takes you an hour to show someone how to perform a task, once you’ve shown them how to get it done, they have the knowledge and can perform that task for you whenever it needs to be done. So let’s say that twice a month it takes you an hour to schedule your social media posts for a period of time ahead. Although this is important, it’s not something that is directly generating income for you, and definitely not something that requires your skill and expertise to do.  If you invest an hour of your time to show someone else the ropes, it’s an hour that pays off well in the long run. You can cross that off your list and focus on an activity that generates income for you. What are your plans for growing your business? Just think about the things that you can do to forward that growth in the two hours.

Think about the tasks that you can delegate that would give you time to focus on expanding your business.  Determine who the right person is to perform the task, outline and give them detailed instructions how to go about doing it and a due date for what you’ve handed over. The time that you invest will pay you back many times over and you and your clients will continue to reap the return on that investment and your business continues to grow.

 


Women are wearing the usual crazy number of hats, life is moving at the speed of light and people are caught up and nothing’s slowing down.  For many of those who are caught up, there’s always something to do and most times what they can only see is what they haven’t done.  When you’re caught up like this, with no end in sight, you’re not giving yourself credit for the things that you do accomplish.  You don’t see your accomplishments because you’re too busy trying to maintain the juggling act; you’re looking for the next thing that there is to do and you feel as though if you’re not doing something, something’s wrong.

Stop and take a step back from that vicious cycle and take a moment to simply breathe.  Stop looking for the next thing to do–it’s going to be there when you finish breathing, trust me; it’s not going anywhere.  After taking a few deep, cleansing breaths, take stock in what you have accomplished.  Don’t think about what you haven’t done yet or the about the things hanging over your head, let that go.  Look back on your day, your week, your month and take inventory.  What have you accomplished?  Furthermore, what does having those things done allow you to do?  Maybe the things that you finished earlier this week are going to allow you to help your clients be better at what they do in some way, or to have a breakthrough that they’ve been trying to have but just can’t seem to get.  Whatever it is, take time to think about the results of your efforts.  Take the opportunity to marvel at what you’ve done instead of sliding it under the rug.

Make it your business to take this step back on a regular basis so that you can gain some perspective, and stop beating yourself up because there’s still so much to do.  Then, choose the appropriate tools to support you in your daily quest to get things done and create systems that will help you increase your productivity and breeze through your to-do list.  while you’re at it , delegate the tasks you can and get rid of the things that don’t line up with your values and what you’re focused on.  You’ll find that it will lighten your load and that you’ll be focused on what matters most.

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