How to delegate ... part one

Before you can delegate properly, you need to know what you want done.

This can be tricky and time-consuming. It's a good reason not to delegate at all. And then you remember working till 11pm on Friday nights, knowing you need to be up at 6 on Saturday, just to get your admin done.

You need to take the time to do this.

Grab a piece of paper, or a fresh page in your note taking app.

And just write down how to do a task.

I often find it useful to start at the end and work backwards.

Test the XK71

Wipe off any marks and debris

Seal the cover

Screw the XK71 into place

Unscrew the old component

Remove the cover

Use a small knife to loosen the cover

You need to do this for everything you want to delegate. It gets more complex when there are decisions to be made. I never said it was easy. But it will make your life better.

Take action: Think of two things that you would rather someone else was doing, and write out a procedure for each. Give yourself no more than ten minutes per procedure to write it out.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England