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5 Tips to Develop Delegating Efficiency

The first step in freeing up time in your busy business schedule is learning how to efficiently delegate. While it may sound simple, it is not always as easy as it appears. How often does it seem like it takes more time to delegate projects than it takes to just to do them yourself? Delegation should save you time, not cause extra work. The good news is when you develop efficient delegation skills, you can finally realize the benefits of getting the help you need for improved productivity. Here are five tips to propel you toward delegation efficiency.

  1. Have a plan. Make a list of what tasks or projects you want to take off your plate. Match these tasks with the people that have the right skills. A Virtual Assistant can take on almost any project you need.
  2. Create written, detailed instructions. One of the reasons projects that are delegated are not done right or on schedule is lack of detailed instructions. Written instructions with expectations and guidance will clarify the project and give your assistant directions to follow.
  3. Stop micro-managing. It can be difficult to let go of doing everything yourself. Refrain from the urge to micro-manage delegated tasks. The point is to free up time for more important issues, not spend it looking over the shoulder of the appointed person doing the delegated task.
  4. Focus on results, not process. It is not important that the person you delegate to do every task the same as you, only that you get the results you need. Focus on the end result and allow others to find the best way from them to reach that destination.
  5. Give constructive feedback. Developing delegating efficiency takes time, but it is worth the effort. To continue getting the best results, give your assistants and employees constructive feedback. Give them the information they need to improve their performance and help you achieve your goals.

Want to make delegation even simpler and more efficient? Use the professional skills of one of our Virtual Assistants at Contemporary VA. Our VAs have a vast amount of experience in many areas, giving you access to many skills that you can utilize in running your business. Find out how delegating to a VA can benefit your business and give you the time to focus on key areas that will help get you to the next level of success.

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Posted on September 6th, 2016 by Rachel Braam, Office Manager

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