A guest post by Leslie McKee, my colleague and blogger at www.getorganizedpittsburgh.com.
Everything gets better with delegation. Some people struggle with delegation because they feel that they are imposing or asking for help. I am a natural delegator. I see it as a form of collaboration. My immediate response to a new task or project is to break it into smaller, more do-able parts. When I am doing that, I’m immediately thinking about how I can incorporate other people’s skills and insights. Bringing other people in automatically makes it more social, fun and adds accountability. I find that people are flattered to be considered an expert or simply recognized for what they do well.
In business, as an organizer I realized early on that I simply could not organize Pittsburgh single handedly, but I could definitely be a resource to help! Finding resources is one way to delegate. In that process relationships are often built. I always just ask, even when I know it might not be a great fit, because it often leads me closer to answers and progress. It also opens the doors for people to ask me for help as well.
I find that the delegator has to be a giver as well. It is not about giving everyone else jobs while they watch you do nothing. It’s important that the delegator connect with why they should be taking on the responsibility that you are delegating. This is especially important at home. I get cooperation because I’m fair and it’s clear that we do things that ultimately benefit the whole family. So here are some step to think about when delegating:
1. Break it down and decide if this task is a good one to delegate
2. Consider who might help you.
3. Consider why they might want to help you.
4. Decide what parameters you need to put in place.
Try to find areas where you are a natural delegator and where it works in your life. Then see if you can add that to more areas. You will usually feel more supported, find yourself doing more of what you do best and create a life that comes together nicely.