How to let go and delegate more often
Learning how to delegate work effectively can be a real challenge and it takes time and effort to educate someone. Often it is just quicker to do the work yourself.
However, delegation is an area of great importance for the growth of an organisation and the rewards can be significant. It allows you to focus on key objectives instead of non-income generating tasks.
The biggest challenge is how and when to delegate. This is where a virtual assistant (VA) can assist and relieve you of those time-consuming tasks, freeing you to concentrate on the things that are really important. London PA Services is here to help.
Are there certain tasks that lend themselves to delegation better than others?
In an ideal world, you should really spend your time doing tasks which only you can do. For some reason, we are often emotionally attached to certain tasks and we simply like doing them. However, you can take some steps towards delegating these. Make a list of all the tasks you do in a week and then put a tick by each task you feel could be outsourced to a virtual assistant. The types of tasks you should be delegating are as follows:
Time Management Tasks
Book Keeping and administrative tasks
Website content updates and management
Social Media management
Travel and Event Management
Is it worth putting in more time to show someone how to do the task if it would take longer than doing it yourself?
Absolutely. Think of it as an investment for the long term. It's in training others that we become more confident at delegating. London PA Services will save you time by working independently on the tasks that you regularly need assistance with.
How do you get over that old cliché, "if you want something done properly, do it yourself"?
Think about how you can delegate without constantly checking up on your virtual assistant. Set goals and make suggestions but allow your virtual assistant to work autonomously. Remember your VA is a highly skilled individual and is there to help you! She might have some good ideas on how to streamline processes and increase the productivity of your business.
What's the best way to set clear expectations and goals?
You should be very clear on what you want your virtual assistant to do, what is the deadline and how much time they should spend on the task. Give the VA an idea of what processes she should use to complete the task and what results are expected in the short and long term. Always keep the lines of communication open with your virtual assistant giving regular feedback. This helps to build trust and loyalty and prevents any misunderstandings. As a virtual assistant, I like to provide a daily wrap email to update my clients on my progress, but regular one to one meetings (Skype or in person where possible) are also essential in developing a good, long lasting working relationship with your virtual assistant.
Being a self-aware business owner means acknowledging that you can't do everything yourself! Call London PA Services now and start delegating!
Did you know that having more time can increase your sense of wellbeing? Consider the following:
Do these sound familiar? If you look down the list it doesn’t take much to realise how much time you spend – or don’t spend on these time-consuming tasks. A virtual assistant can help expand your potential, keep you focused and drive your business.
Recently a two-part experiment was run in Canada. First the participants were asked to spend £30 on a purchase that would save them time. Next they were told to spend the money on material goods. The research concluded that time saving compared with material purchases increased happiness by reducing feelings of time stress.
Psychologists say stress over lack of time causes lower wellbeing and can contribute to anxiety and sleepless nights. However, even though people can afford it, they remain reluctant to pay for help. Less than a third of adults questioned, spent money in this way, but those that did, reported greater happiness.
"In a series of surveys we find that people who spend money to buy themselves more free time are happier - that is, they have higher life satisfaction", said Dr Elizabeth Dunn, a psychologist professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
How would it make you feel if you had more time and energy to work on your business? Are there tasks that you keep putting off because you hate doing them? If so, research shows that hiring someone to carry out these tasks is money well spent.
Call us now. Let us take those all-important but dreaded tasks off your hands. Free up your time, allow yourself to re-focus on the growth of your business!