The tasks that can be delegated are endless and you may find yourself turning on your creative brain to figure out what you can hand off next. But to start, consider what can only be done by you, such as reviewing monthly analytics. Remember, the goal is to spend as much time as possible focused on your best ideas and highest priorities. Everything else is fair game.
Also, there may be scenarios where you need to be a part of the process, but being responsible for the entire project isn’t necessary. For example, Corbin suggests having someone else draft documents for you. Then, you can offer final feedback and approval. The amount of time this saves you is priceless, yet you’re still involved in the process and know what’s headed out the door.
Here’s what you can delegate at work
This is a short list to get you thinking about what you can delegate as an Executive at your company.
Tasks you do out of habit:
- Email management and organization
- Calendar management
- Phone calls
- Travel plans
Tasks that don’t directly influence revenue:
- Document, spreadsheet, and presentation creation
Tasks that may require oversight but not your full attention:
- Sourcing and recruiting efforts
- Content creation
- Sales efforts
- Social media management
- Event planning
Here’s what you can delegate outside of work
Delegating doesn’t only have to happen at the workplace. Once you’ve cut down on wasted time at work there’s an opportunity to delegate everyday tasks at home, also. When you think beyond the office in regards to delegation the benefits will often outweigh the costs. For example, if you delegate your yard work to a landscaping company, consider how much time that frees up to spend quality time with your family.
Here are a few ways you can delegate at home:
- House cleaning and chores
- Home repairs
- Cooking (options include pre-made food or a cooking service)
- Grocery shopping
- Errands and appointments (oil changes, making doctor’s appointments)
- Dog walking
- Transportation (take a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft rather than the subway so you can work or relax in the car)
- Travel accommodations
When you’re struggling with whether or not to delegate a task be honest about your answer this: Do I really need to be the one in charge of this task or project? Why?