Delegating Tasks – A How-to Guide for the Perfectionist

Delegating Tasks – A How-to Guide for the Perfectionist

I totally get it.  You do everything yourself because YOU are the only one who knows how to do everything the right way.  YOU are the only person who can possibly know all the details and nuances of your business tasks.  How could you entrust that to an employee or freelancer? Delegating tasks doesn’t have to be impossible, even if you are a perfectionist.

 

At some point in the life of every perfectionist, you HAVE to let go of some things.  You have to allow someone else to take over some of your tasks, because the reality is that nobody can do everything by themselves.  Delegating tasks can be an extremely difficult undertaking for a entrepreneur who is used to doing it all, but it can be done, and I’d like to give you some tips to get started. My system involves 3 Steps that anybody can do, and I promise you that they will be eye opening.


Make A List of Everything that You Do.  

Seriously.  Every. Single. Thing.  In order for you to choose which tasks can get taking off of your plate, you need to have a very visual interpretation of what your plate looks like.  I recommend doing this on paper, but if you hate paper then by all means use Trello or a Google Doc or whatever platform you are in all day anyways so that it will be easy for you to jot things down.  Every few hours during the day, write down what you’re doing.  Don’t leave anything out! Little things like responding to emails, or posting to Facebook need to be on there.  We are aiming to see exactly where your time is going.  

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Sort your list.  

If you started with a piece of paper, now would be a great time to pull out some highlighters.  Start by  highlighting everything on your list that has nothing to do with business in one color.  Next, highlight all of your direct revenue producing tasks in another color (i.e., anything that you do that leads directly to money being deposited into your account).  Use a third color to highlight the rest, which should be business tasks that are necessary, but not directly revenue producing.  

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That third group- Non revenue producing tasks – is what you want to focus on now.  Make those things into their own list.  Now get ready for some magic!

Notate the List.  

Put an X next to any task that you don’t like to do. I know you don’t love it all.  You do it because you need to, but you don’t love it.  Next put an X next to anything that feels like it takes you too much time to do.  Finally, put an X next to anything that you don’t feel like you are an expert at.  

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Those X’s are the things that you should consider delegating!  Don’t be surprised if you X’d everything in this category.  It’s completely acceptable for you, as the owner of your business, to only work on direct income producing tasks.  Outsource the rest! 

 

Remember, while delegating or outsourcing may cost your money in the beginning, it will pay off once your time is freed up to focus on creating the next amazing idea.

Do you think you’re ready to delegate?  Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this system, or tell me about what kinds of tasks you delegate to a VA or employee.

I’d love to talk with you if you’re ready to delegate.  Send me a message using the form below and we can discuss!

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3 Quick Ways to Clean Up Your Pinterest Account

3 Quick Ways to Clean Up Your Pinterest Account

Does your Pinterest account need a clean up?  I’ve been a Pinterest user since the platform first came out in 2010.  As you can imagine, in 6 years I have amassed a very large number of pins and honestly, not many of them were organized very well.

Why should you clean up your Pinterest account??

  • Having an organized Pinterest account will make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for.  You saved all these things, you should be able to find and read them later!

  • Your Followers want to be able easily find things as well!  Having an organized Pinterest page will ensure that more people follow you and KEEP following you.  

 

There are three quick things that you can do RIGHT NOW to clean up your Pinterest account!  

While it may take some time to completely clean it up, these three things will get you started on the right path:

 

Delete boards.  Delete any boards that are empty or nearly empty. Delete boards that no longer serve you or your audience. Delete boards that don’t fit your brand’s image. For example, if you are a hair stylist, why do you have more boards about food than you do about beauty? Think about what your ideal follower would like to see on your Pinterest account. Get rid of the rest of it.

 

Combine Boards.  Small boards don’t get followed as often as larger, full ones. If you have two similar boards, move the pins from one into the other and combine them! For example, maybe you have 1 board for inspirational quotes and another for uplifting quotes.  Well, that’s pretty much the same thing, so make them one board! Or maybe you have 30 pins each on boards for “parenting ideas” and “Ideas to do with the kids”.  Combine those into one large board called “Family Ideas”.

 

Change your cover images.  Not only can you dramatically change the feel of your Pinteerst page by doing this, you will also see an increase in re-pins as people see the new covers.  If you’re really ambitious, you can pick cover photos for each board that are similar color or feel.

 

That’s it!  Just three steps to clean up your Pinterest Account! Remember that Pinterest is a fluid platform, and your boards should be ever changing to keep up with trends as well as your own interests and those of your followers.  Don’t be afraid to delete or change things in order to make your Pinterest page a better reflection of you.