Delegate, delegate, delegate! This is such an underutilized option, especially when you’re overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, your productivity level drops and your stress level increases.
Some feel that they have to do everything themselves or these things won’t get done correctly. What this does is creates a tremendous amount of stress on themselves. If something isn’t done to perfection, what’s the worst that will happen? It’s less stressful to get things done and adopt an attitude of ‘good enough’.
You wouldn’t try to perform a task when you don’t possess the skills would you? So, you delegate that task to someone else, or hire it done which is a form of delegating.
You may think this is a term most likely to be used in the corporate world in terms of working with teams, and you are correct, but it also comes into play in your everyday life. Whether you realize it or not, you have a team.
A team as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is, ‘a group of people who work together’. A group can be two or more. When you delegate tasks or a task to other people or a person, that person or people are your team. They are working with you to accomplish a goal. Your ‘team’ could be family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, or hired professionals.
If you own a home, there are a lot of tasks to be done to maintain your home and you alone can’t do everything yourself. You may be saying, “yes I do”, but seriously think about that. No one person possesses every skill required to maintain a home, or the many other areas of life, so you need to delegate tasks at some point, or on a regular basis.
Consider incorporating task delegation into your daily activities. I’m sure that you will quickly realize that you’re getting more things accomplished in less time, which will reduce your stress and provide peace of mind.