How To Let Go After You Delegate

delegateOne of the reasons I have been able to grow my business as a virtual assistant is the fact that many small business owners just needed someone to whom they could delegate some every day tasks, without the expense of hiring an employee. Delegating business related tasks is hard for many business owners. But delegating some tasks is critical for business growth, especially if you want to create and maintain work/life balance. While many recognize the importance of delegating tasks to a VA, there is one common hurdle assistants have with just about every new client; the client finds it hard to let go of control. To help business owners with this process I’ve created a simple 6 step process to help you delegate and let go.

Step 1: Commit to your decision to delegate and stick to it. Realize you need to let go of some things to focus on other aspects of your business and just do it.

Step 2: Make a list of tasks to delegate. Think of routine things you do that take up a lot of your time and add them to the list.

Step 3: Delegate a few tasks at a time. Take baby steps and before you know it, you will be free from daily tasks that have been taking up hours of your time! Delegate one or two tasks at a time and increase the number as you become more comfortable with letting go.

Step 4: Set realistic expectations. Even if your assistant doesn’t complete tasks exactly the way you do, the important thing to remember is that the tasks are getting completed correctly and on time.

Step 5: Give your assistant a chance to do the work. Don’t micromanage; assess tasks after they are completed. Address problems, if there are any, at that time.

Step 6: Be patient with the process. All relationships take time to develop, so this process will not be any different. Invest time in the right person and you will be pleased with how it benefits you and your business.

Now if you’re ready to move forward with delegating some task to a virtual assistant, here are a few more articles to help guide you through the process.

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  2. Ah, delegation! The one word perfectionists, Virgos, and Type A people like myself shudder at when they hear it! However, that being said – learning the art of delegation is a wonderful thing. I like all of your pointers. The only one I would add (and it’s woven into your blog nicely) is “Let Go!” After doing your due diligence to find a VA or assistant, trust your intuition and let go! Everyone has a learning curve – so yes, be patient with yourself and others. Really nice suggestions!
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    • Shannon Baker

      I couldn’t agree more Laurie, you have to let go! That really is the hardest part for business owners. They feel as though they are giving up control over things when actually they are just lightening their load but they are still in control. I’ve learned to be patient with this process and eventually people learn to hand over the reigns. Thanks for commenting and for the additional pointer!

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  4. Letting go is so hard!

    What about this idea for those of us who like to “hold on tight”: Take a small, rather inconsequential task and delegate it, then build from there. That way you get used to the idea of someone else taking care of a task for you and don’t have to worry about delegating something really important until you’re a stellar delegator!
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    • Shannon Baker

      I agree George, many hold on tight! As you stated, it’s best to let go of smaller tasks to get comfortable with the idea of delegating to help you get used to the idea of letting go. Then before you know it, you will be ready to delegate larger tasks! Thank you for commenting!

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