6 Steps to Delegate Work More Efficiently and Effectively
When you lead and build a business, for example, in making free website templates, there are a lot of things you have to do to ensure everything is on track.
As an entrepreneur, you will have to play the role of an innovator, a leader, a financial manager, and a salesperson while you still have to handle your daily routine micro-tasks.
It may seem easy to juggle at first, but this will eventually be too much to handle over time. You will start working very long hours — including evenings and even weekends — and your social life and productivity might suffer.
If you find it difficult to handle everything on your own, especially when running a small business or a startup, you need to consider delegating some of your work. In entrepreneurial success, delegation of work is a key factor on both a professional and personal level.
Consider the following steps to delegate your work more effectively.
1. Be proactive
For entrepreneurs, being proactive when it comes to delegation is very important. If you wait until you are overwhelmed with so much work, delegating some tasks can still stress out.
What you need to do is to recognize when the work is piling up, as quick as possible, and make sure to take necessary measures to address your work before it becomes too much for you to handle.
This might include organizing your daily task into lists, hiring someone new to do it, or even helping someone in the company develop new skills to deal with a section of your work.
2. Force yourself to delegate
Most entrepreneurs usually have a natural sense and feeling of ownership of their work. In most cases, they want to do almost everything and anything they can as much as possible.
This can be an admirable trait for the most part, and one that can lend itself to better overall business performance. However, you will eventually have to force yourself to effectively delegate some of your work away — even if you do not want to.
Even if there is a particular task you always want to be doing, it will be good for you to delegate it to someone with relevant skills to handle it.
3. Make your expectations clear
If you want to delegate your work more effectively, try to be as more specific as possible when it comes to your expectations. You should let your teammate or employee know exactly how you want the task to be done, and when you expect it to be completed.
If there are many people working on a particular project, appoint or designate one person with higher skills to supervise your project. Take a moment to address any issues or questions early on to avoid any problem down the line.
4. Know your team’s strengths and weaknesses
Before delegating any of your work, it’s very important to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Bear in mind that each person in the team is going to come with something very different to the table.
It’s therefore important to consider those individual quirks if you really want your delegation process to be more effective. For instance, if one of your employees may be methodical and slow, it will be necessary to delegate crucial, but non-urgent tasks.
On the other hand, if one of them is a little sloppy, but quite fast, consider delegating tasks that need to be completed right away.
5. Invest time in teaching
Investing more time in teaching and mentoring can also help you to delegate your work more effectively. In most cases, most entrepreneurs think that certain works need to be done by themselves, especially when it comes to delegation.
If you think that most work on your desk can’t be done by someone else, but only you know how to do it, you can teach someone do to it as well.
Most entrepreneurs may not like this idea since it requires more time to teach a new person than it would take to do it yourself. Think of this then as an investment. You only need to teach someone once, and they will handle such tasks indefinitely.
6. Trust, but verify
Trust is actually one of the main considerations you make when hiring someone to do something for you. Once you delegate some work and set a deadline, it’s a good thing for you to trust that they are capable of getting the job done.
It is, however, important to verify that the process is on the right track. Establish open channels of communication so you and your employees can update one another on progress.
This will ensure that your deadline is met and everything is done right.
These six steps are about making sure all your delegated tasks, for example, making free website templates, are done effectively and about maintaining your sanity and a healthy workload as an entrepreneur. Follow these to be able to delegate more effectively.
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Originally published at www.bookmark.com on August 8, 2016.