Delegation doesn't apply to everyone - or does it? For some people it can lead to a huge increase in productivity. Chris Croft tells the famous Red Cushions story: the small tasks all add up, and it's fun to do easy things when you're a boss, but you shouldn't. Why were people bringing problems to the boss? The causes of micromanagement.
- Now the third option for reducing the time you spend…on unimportant things so that you can get more time…for the important things is to delegate more.…For some people watching this video,…this will be a huge option.…If you have 45 people working for you…and you delegate one more hour to each of them,…you could in theory delegate everything you do.…You'd have your whole week free…for thinking up new strategies and new products…and planning the longer-term big picture.…Even if you only have five people working for you,…if you gave them just one more hour a week…of your work to do each, you'd save five hours a week,…which is five weeks per year, a whole month per year.…
But what about the people watching this video…who don't have anyone reporting to them?…Is delegation still an option?…Well, yes I think it is.…You can pay people to do things for you.…At home you can get your children…to do some of the household tasks maybe,…and at work you can sometimes delegate things…to your colleagues or maybe even to your boss.…
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of "no" to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed. Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he'll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks, and answers questions like "Does working longer hours actually get more done?" The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
- Making the most of every day
- Separating important from urgent items
- Using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks
- Finding more time for important things
- Saying no
- Negotiating tasks
- Delegating to save time
- Improving your systems
- Letting go of perfectionism