Inbox dread. We’ve all experienced it. After a weekend away, or even a lunch break, and you dread seeing your inbox filled again. Researchers at Carleton University recently reported business professionals now spend one third of their time at the office, and HALF of the time they work at home in their inbox. 30% of the time the emails were not important or urgent. That’s 11.7 hours spent at work and 5.3 hours at home — every week. I don’t know about you but I would gladly spend those 17 hours NOT in my inbox. Not only is it a drain on time it’s a drain on energy.
It’s not a surprise to anyone how quickly the world moves these days. Technology changes daily, or perhaps even more often than that. We have instant access to information, status updates, shopping, news, television, even food! Everywhere I turn, the perceived message is that faster is better. And who doesn’t want more time? If something can be achieved quicker, that would technically mean more time for......what exactly? More information, status updates, shopping, news, TV? Yikes!
1 - Start small, build confidence. Focus on compartmentalizing larger tasks and projects into small parts to build your own confidence around delegation. Do you want to hand off your calendar scheduling? Don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture of doing so; instead segment it out. Ask yourself which part of my schedule could be most easily delegated or automated? Perhaps a first small step is to deploy a scheduling tool for your internal team meetings only. Just this shift alone will help you add framework to your day by creating specific blocks of time you are available to meet, and it takes the back and forth out of when to meet. Grab the small wins! It still equates to time saved, and you’ll build confidence in this phase.
Delegation: Effective Strategies for Success
For those new to the world of delegation, it can be a daunting - albeit, necessary -undertaking. What do you delegate? Repetitive work items? Personal chores that have taken a backseat? Email management? One of the biggest hurdles is knowing where to start. My suggestion? Keep it simple.
How to Match the Pitch to the Deliverable.. At Scale
You know the game. You hire an “expert” external resource to fill a gap, help you accomplish something important by way of their expertise, only to find out that the pitch doesn’t match the deliverable. So where is the disconnect? I believe it comes down to one thing: Solid Process. Lack of process is chaos. Lack of process holds us back from differentiating ourselves and most importantly, it keeps us from becoming a scalable company.
3 Easy Ways to Overcome Your Delegation Hesitations
Every day we help people make the most of their day through delegation. Over the years, I have spoken with hundreds of entrepreneurs at every growth stage about the struggles they face with “handing things off.” They inherently get that having a delegation strategy is a critical part of their growth, but they are consistently resistant to executing it.
For VAs ONLY: What do you wish clients knew about working with us?
To wrap up our summer blog series: Delegation for Entrepreneurs we are pulling together our last series post. The topic will be educational in nature, designed to help clients/ potential clients in need of or utilizing VA services, get a better understanding of how to best work with us.
At Delegate, we believe that there are many layers to effective delegation; some of which are purely emotional. In our last post we reviewed some delegation strategies that can help you begin to master the first steps of “what to hand off”. This week, we are exploring this “mindset” layer, and why it’s so particularly hard for entreps to navigate while building their business. We’ll also review some strategies you can use to reframe and conquer these thoughts.