Have you ever looked at your to-do list and asked yourself the question:
How am I ever going to get through this?
It might be that you have especially if you aren’t in the habit of delegating. As a business leader, you don’t have to take on EVERYTHING within your business.
There are tasks you can outsource, such as your social media marketing to a digital marketing agency and your computing needs to managed IT services.
And there are tasks that you can delegate to the people already in your employ. Your long list of tasks is just one reason why you should delegate and there are other reasons here.
#1: You won’t have to work overtime
Not many people like to work overtime. They prefer to relax after a long week at work instead of plowing away on their business tasks over the weekend. And the same might apply to you. By delegating some of your to-do list to others, you will get to do the things you enjoy. Unless, of course, you enjoy sitting down with your paperwork and computer night after night working into the long hours. We are, of course, assuming this latter option isn’t the case!
#2: You won’t burn yourself out
If you regularly work long hours, burnout could be an eventuality, as you will start to tire yourself out. The effort needed to take on tasks that you aren’t equipped to deal with effectively could also lead to burnout, as you will be creating room for stress and anxiety in your life. When the effects of burnout take hold, your health will take a knock as will the health of your business. So, don’t run that risk! Delegate when you can as a precautionary measure.
#3: You will benefit your employees
Your employees will learn new skills when you delegate certain tasks to them. This will certainly be of interest to those who like to face new challenges or who want to boost chances of career promotion. By entrusting new business tasks to your employees, you might also boost their self-esteem, as they could feel empowered with the responsibilities you have given to them. Care needs to be taken, of course. You shouldn’t delegate to your employees if they already have a lot of work to do, as you won’t benefit them at all if they burn out. But if they do have time to do something new, consider the possibility.
#4: You will benefit your business
Why take on a task yourself when an employee can do it better? If they have skills in a certain area, it makes sense to delegate as their work could benefit your business! You will then have more time to take on the tasks that are closer to your talents and have the opportunity to put quality work into the things that you do. As a consequence, you could do much to impress your customers and you could stand out from your rivals too.
So, cut down your to-do list if it is longer than your arm. Consider what you might be able to delegate to others. And then, for all of the reasons we have discussed here, share your to-do list with others. In many ways, it makes perfect business sense!