‘How To’ Coaching series – Activity 51

Chapter 3 – Control Your Time – Use your time wisely

This is part of the ‘How to’ coaching series.  An ongoing series of activities to make your business successful.  Follow it step by step and see positive results as you develop a robust business model, set on a solid foundation.

Activity 51 – I regularly delegate routine activities

When you are clear on what aspects and task in your business you can, and want to, delegate, you can just let go.. right? Oh how wrong you would be to do that.

I’ve seen it so many times; where someone abdicates responsibility for a task and dumps it on someone else.

Then they usually operate the ‘leave alone, zap’ approach to leadership.

It’s going to end in a mess if you don’t delegate properly. I see it as giving the person you pass the task to, every chance to succeed.

The ‘HowTo’ bit:

Choose which tasks to delegate and decide what activities you will replace them with, that are more profitable for you to be doing.

Clearly define the actions, tasks and targets to be achieved when handing over a activity. A process, procedure, standard, work instruction or checklist will help ensure that the task can be performed in the way that will deliver the results you want.

For example, I had a mailing of 1500 flyers to do. They required a sticky label with the recipients name and address, plus a stamp. It was a task that I didn’t look forward to. So I found an organisation that do this sort of thing for a very reasonable sum. The task was clearly explained to the person who would carry out this activity. They attacked it with with enthusiasm and a level of care that was heartwarming. Something I would have got bored with in 2 minutes was professionally done in next to no time at all. The organisation then posted the flyers for me.

This allowed me to go and work with a client. A far better use of my time and effort.

Make sure you still retain a grip on what’s happening by giving clear guidance and instructions what to do. After all, it’s still your responsibility to get the job done.

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About Alex Petty

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