“I’m too busy.”
“I don’t have time.”
“I have too many priorities fighting for my attention.”
In times where we are expected to do more with less and where immediate isn’t fast enough, we’ve all felt that way.
It’s worse when we think we must do it all ourselves.
That kind of thinking will make you less effective. We all have the same amount of time in a given day. There is only so much you can do, and while you can always do a little more, studies show diminishing returns for each extra hour worked; less time sleeping leads to increased mistakes and negative affects on health.
What is the solution? Delegation.
The Oxford Dictionary defines delegate as entrusting a responsibility to another person.
There are several benefits to learning the art of delegation. First of all, it allows you to have more time to do those things that only you can do.
Secondly, it helps you develop employees. To effectively delegate, you have to clearly define the task, communicate the objectives, and explain its importance. This gives the employee insight on the business they may not otherwise have.
Delegation also allows an employee to demonstrate skills you weren’t aware they had or to develop skills necessary for them to advance in their career. Delegation is a key component of investing in your high-potential employees.
Delegation allows you to focus on what is most important for your business. Effective leaders don’t allow their time and effort to be consumed by things than can be handled by others. The more senior your role, the less time you spend “doing” and more time thinking and communicating.
By delegating, you maximize your efforts on those things that only you can and must do. At the same time, you are building a stronger team, demonstrating trust, and teaching skills by allowing them to try new things. Your company benefits because you are creating an environment where everyone is challenged and to put their skills to their highest and best use.
Stop trying to do it all yourself. You’ll get more done by giving tasks away.