Are you self-sabotaging your business?

Think of a week when you didn’t feel tired, burned out, or completely unmotivated by your work. Got one? Good. Now, think of why that week was so easy. I bet it’s because you weren’t overcommitting yourself, you were delegating, and as a result, you felt a lot happier and more energised.

When I started my first business, I liked to do most tasks myself and thought I could. I’d take on 5-6 complex jobs every day because I thought the more I did, the quicker my business would progress. What actually happened was that I pretty much never got the tasks done, and if I did they were rushed and only half as good as they could have been. It was at this point that I realised I was making a massive mistake – I was drowning in work. It was like filling a bucket up and up and up. At some point it’s going to overflow if you leave the tap on, and that spilled water is wasted energy, ideas, and work. When you put it this plainly, it’s easy to see how pointless doing it is.

It’s important to realise your bucket has a limit

I decided to stop trying to do so many tasks a day and start prioritising the most important tasks I needed to get done. By realising my bucket has a limit, I was able to fill it with the tasks that really matter – around 2-3 a day – and delegate the less important ones that usually spilled over. To maximize my chances of delegating the right tasks, I choose the repetitive tasks I do all the time to delegate. Having someone do the tasks I do day in and out makes a huge difference to my productivity – delegating just one 20-minute task a day saves me 76 hours over a year!

I know it’s hard to admit that your bucket may be smaller than you think, but if you do you’ll be able to be so much more productive and be able to focus on the things that really matter. If you find it hard using the bucket example to prioritise your work, another great way to do this is by using the Eisenhower matrix. Created by the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, his four-square grid boosts productivity by splitting tasks into ‘urgent/important’ categories.

The Eisenhower matrix

The rules are as follows:

  • Anything both urgent and important gets done right away.
  • Tasks that are important but not urgent get planned in your calendar for later.
  • Anything that falls into the urgent but not important box gets delegated to someone else.
  • Anything deemed neither urgent nor important gets removed from the to do list straight away.

Hopefully this article has helped you realise that you cant do everything yourself and that delegating actually has massive benefits to both you and business! Let me know if you try any of my techniques and if they work for you.

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