This week ICAP had its monthly book discussion, and we chatted about the book Essentialism. Part of the conversation was around what you should be doing as opposed to having someone else do it. Many people have massive to-do lists and don’t stop to think about whether they should be the one doing everything. And, you cannot do it all, as much as you might like to think you can. The problem is, if you are, for example, a pattern designer and are busy doing things like shipping and answering emails, you are not working in your brilliance. What happens is that you become frustrated and your business suffers as a result.
Not delegating for some is really about giving up control. It is hard when you know how to do everything correctly. (Do you really?)
And, you think that by the time you show someone how to do it, you could have done it yourself. Yes, it does take time initially. The end result is worth it.
For others it is not knowing where to start — what to delegate, who to delegate to, and where to find this person you will delegate to.
Here is a system that has worked for me and my clients.