To those who need to delegate: you know you need to delegate more! This is the year to give away that low-level stuff you waste time on! We know you say to yourself, “But it’s going to take me longer to explain what to do than it will take me to do it myself!” Perhaps. However there are only 24 hours in a day and you want to delegate the items that are not the best use of your precious time, and the items that you do not enjoying, that drain you.
Here’s a time saver for both you the delegator as well as your assistant. Tell your assistant to work on the project X amount of time, or to work on the first 3 steps, and then check in with you, or submit something to you about where they are at with the project. This way you can ensure that the project is not going 10 degrees in the wrong direction. If you left New York on a ship heading to London, you would not have to be too many degrees off course to end up in Bilbao, Spain. Frequent check-ins throughout a project will give your assistant what they need to complete your project efficiently.
When I practice this as the CEO of Athena, I also love that I don’t have to have the whole project figured out myself. Recently I had one of my assistants go work on a project for X amount of time and show me where she was at. At that point it was much clearer to ME where I wanted to go next. It’s a time saver for me to not take a lot of time up front to chart out every step of the project. I chart out the first couple steps and then when I see where we are at after that, I can easily see where to go next. Try it and let us know how it works for you!