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Learning to Delegate Tasks

Posted October 10, 2012 in Advice Column, West Des Moines

As the fall season is upon us, we know what is right around the corner…the holidays. For many of us, the holidays make our busy schedules even busier and more hectic. This is the perfect time to start thinking about delegating some of your life tasks. If you look up the definition of the verb delegate, it says “to transfer power to someone else.”

Given that definition, it’s no wonder so many of us have trouble delegating. We feel like we are losing control of our lives. We think if we can manage everything, then we are still in control of our lives. In reality, what actually happens is we lose control of ourselves and our lives. When we have too much on our plates the stress can become unmanageable. The quality of our lives is being sacrificed. We are actually missing out on life by not delegating. John Lennon said it best: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

Instead of thinking of delegating as “transferring power to someone else,” think of it as “giving an assignment to someone.” The first thing you need to do is to decide what it is that you will hand over. Do you need a housekeeper? Do you need someone to take your aging parents to their doctor appointments? Do you need help with college applications and financial aid forms for your high school aged child? The second step is to find that service provider who you will feel comfortable with. The third step is to get better at delegating so that you can do it throughout the year and not just during the holidays.

Information provided by Dawn Statton, Program Director of Home Remedies, dstatton@optimaelifeservices.com, 515-243-7810.

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