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How to Get More Done by Letting Go

By Alina Fridman

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm a bit of a control freak. I like things to be done a certain way, and I'm always convinced that I can do them better myself. In fact, it's so hard for me to let go that delegation is something I've always struggled with.

The problem is that when I take on too much, things start to fall through the cracks. I get stressed out, pay less attention to my family and friends, and eventually, something has to give. That's when delegation comes in.

I've been trying to change my ways, and I've found that delegation can be a really good thing – and that it can actually help me get more done just by letting go.

Not only does it take some of the pressure off of me, but it also allows me to focus on the tasks that only I can do. A big bonus to delegating is that I get to spend quality time with the people I care about instead of working all the time and missing out on the things that matter most.

If you're like me and have a hard time letting go, here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Define the task clearly.

When you're delegating a task, it's important to be as specific as possible about what you want to be done. The more information you can give, the better. Make sure to include deadlines, desired outcomes, and any pertinent details about the task itself. By being clear about what you expect, you'll increase the chances that the task will be completed to your satisfaction. And if there are any questions, make sure to clarify them before the person you're delegating to gets started.

2. Choose the right person for the job.

One of the most important aspects of being a good leader is knowing how to delegate effectively. Not everyone is going to be equally suited for every task, so it's important to take the time to find someone who has the skills and abilities necessary to get the job done. This might mean assigning tasks based on strengths and weaknesses, or it might mean giving someone a chance to learn new skills and grow into the role. Either way, delegating effectively is essential for ensuring that tasks are completed efficiently and effectively.

3. Let go of the need to control.

This is probably the most difficult part for me, but it's important to remember that you're delegating because you trust the other person to do a good job. Try to let go of the need to micromanage and give them the space to do their best work. Of course, it's important to provide feedback and guidance when necessary, but try to resist the urge to hover. The goal is to ultimately create a situation where you can focus on your own work while knowing that the task is in good hands.

4. Be available for support.

Delegating doesn't mean that you can completely wash your hands of the task at hand. You're still ultimately responsible for ensuring that it gets done, so make sure to stay available for support and guidance. This might mean checking in periodically or being available to answer questions as they come up. Whatever the case may be, make sure that the person you're delegating to knows that you're there to help if they need it.

5. Set clear expectations.

Make sure that both you and the person you're delegating to are on the same page about what is expected. Discuss deadlines, deliverables, and any other important details. By setting clear expectations from the outset, you'll avoid any misunderstandings or surprises down the road.

6. Follow up and give feedback.

Once the task is complete, take some time to follow up and see how it went. If there are areas for improvement, provide constructive feedback so that the next time will be even better. And if the task was completed to your satisfaction, be sure to let the person know that you appreciate their hard work.

Delegation isn't always easy when you're so used to doing everything yourself. Remember, you're not delegating because you're lazy or don't care. You're delegating because it's an essential part of being an effective leader. So give yourself permission to let go and see how much more you can accomplish by delegating effectively.

Do you have any tips for delegation? Share them in the comments below!



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