“I must control events or events will control me.” – John Adams
John Adams when he was representing the United States interest in France in the late 1700s understood he had to control events or he would be controlled by events. He did so well at controlling events and controlling their outcome that he became the second president of the United States.
How do we control events?
To do that we must control the content of our time. We need to control what we do and when we do it.
Time management is a misnomer. We can’t control time. We might as well try to turn back the tide. We can only control ourselves and make choices in our daily lives that reap what we sow.
At first sight delegation can feel like more hassle than it’s worth, however by delegating effectively, you can hugely expand the amount of work that you can deliver.
When you arrange the workload so that you are working on the tasks that have the highest value for your business, and other people are working on meaningful and challenging assignments, you have a recipe for success.
What to Delegate?
Most people know they should delegate more.
According to a survey in 2013, 50% of business owners believe they could grow their business by more than 20% if they could delegate just 10% of their workload. More than 7% of SMEs believe they could achieve more than 90% growth if they delegated more. Yet less than 15% say they delegate everything they should. And more than 80% agree they need help to achieve successful delegation.
The biggest barriers to people delegating successfully are:
Successful delegation frees up time to grow. It’s worth £12,000 per annum to micro-size businesses in the UK and £80,000 per annum to a small business.
Here are five steps to freeing up more of your time so you can work on the areas that add most value to your business. I appreciate the writing is a little small in places. Click on the image and then click again to make it bigger.
What are you putting up with that you should really be delegating?