Want to make time to complete projects or start new ones? Or maybe you would like to make time for other things, including relaxation or other leisure activities? Well, maybe you need to delegate. Now…delegation takes time and patience, but the payoff is well worth it. Here are a few steps to get you started:
- When possible, give the job/assignment to the right person. If you are not sure…try offering a choice of jobs or projects. He/she will choose either the most familiar job or the least objectionable. Either way will bring greater success. Delegating also means hiring someone to do what you do not have time for or do not like doing, or bartering with a friend or family member by exchanging time and/or talents. Either may work well for both parties.
- Provide the necessary tools and training for the job(s). Demonstrate the process when possible. Don’t assume they know how to do it.
List the procedures or chores, in writing, if necessary. Include a deadline or check-in date. Be there to help, but don’t hover!
- Be flexible! When delegating…your perfectionism can hinder the process. Keep in mind that “Your way” may not be the only way to do something. Be open to change as long as it results in a completed project. Think progress rather than perfectionism. Just get it done!
- Follow-up is crucial to the success of the project and reinforces accountability. Positive criticism and correction, when appropriate, along with encouragement will result in a more successful result. Encourage the individual or work with them to get started, then let them finish and they will be equipped the next time around.
- Consider reward and recognition as an incentive. It can be a material reward or it might be verbal or written praise. Either or both are essential to a future cooperative working relationship.
- Delegation is hot and individualism is not. Being an overworked martyr is stressful and non-productive. So be an “In” manager (at home or work) and delegate for success.
Have a great time delegating whenever possible and/or necessary.
© Ann Gambrell 2012