How many times have you heard a time management expert explain that effective delegating is the surest way to success?
It makes sense – each time you can take a task off your plate you’ve just “created time” to work towards your priorities and goals. If you delegated one 30-minute task each day, you could create 3 ½ hours at the end of a week, 14 hours by the end of a month.
Delegating is great in theory. However, it can be a tough strategy to implement. The number one deterrent I hear from my clients when it comes to delegating is, “I have no one to delegate to.”
Today, I’m going to bust this myth!
You can delegate to . . .
- Family (Even a 4 year old can make his bed)
- Virtual Assistant (Check out these two posts for more information – Top 10 Tips for Working with a Virtual Assistant and My “Go-To-Gal” for Delegation)
- Friends (Maybe you have a friend that loves to bake, she can create your dish for your next pot luck)
- Colleagues (Divvy up the work load – why duplicate efforts?)
- High School Kids (carpool, landscape . . . plus some want practical experience before going to college)
- College Kids (They have awesome tech skills and often are looking for practical experience)
- Interns (Many times will work for free just to learn from a professional in their field)
- Retirees (An often underutilized source of knowledge and resource for delegation)
- Office support (Are you using your current support staff the most efficiently?)
- Specialists (web designers, book keepers, accountants, landscapers, cleaning service, chef, party planner, etc.)
Plus, here are some additional online resources . . .
- Elance.com (Hire Freelancers online – IT/Programming to SEO to Admin to Legal to Sales/Marketing)
- Upwork.com (Similar to Elance.com)
- Fiverr.com ($5 jobs)
- 99Designs.com (create a contest for your design work – pay the winner – great for logo/biz card/apps/book cover/postcards)
- internships.com (A resource for finding an intern)
- VirtualAssistantForums.com (there’s a handy RFP form!)
- Zirtual.com (Virtual Assistant)
- TimeSvr.com (Use for 15 min tasks)
Hopefully – this list gets you started thinking about resources you can delegate to. I urge you to jot some ideas down now . . . while you are in a “find the solutions” frame of mind.
I invite you to post your favorite delegating sources in the comment section below.
Now that I’ve busted the “I don’t have anyone to delegate to” myth – I would love to know what other challenges you face when you try to delegate.
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