Time is the scarcest resource, the only one we can’t make, stretch or double. That’s what makes it so precious.
At the same time, the limited amount of time we have in our lives puts us under a lot of pressure. When we’ve got too much on our plate and our minds are constantly ruminating about the tasks ahead, while our bodies are just switching routinely from one task to another, we start feeling hopeless.
Chained to the work we do, our everyday chores, and the very same old routine we’re already sick of, we wonder if we’ll ever spare a few hours for the activities that we find meaningful.
Still, we tend to forget that, if we have other resources, we don’t have to carry the burden alone.
We can take back control over our time and take some of the stress away by delegating certain tasks to other family members, colleagues, or paying for external help.
Although the answer may seem pretty straightforward, it’s important to remind ourselves of all the benefits we can gain by delegating certain tasks, both in our private and professional lives:
- It will free up our time and our energy for things we find important.
- Some tasks are better left to professionals who will handle them properly.
- There are some tasks we’re probably terrible at, that will simply be managed faster and better by others.
- Some tasks require no special skills and can be handled by almost anybody if they have more time and fewer responsibilities.
- Delegating will relieve us from the stress and anxiety related to having too many tasks on our own shoulders.
So, what are some of the things you can consider delegating to others, to get more time and peace of mind?
Unless you’re an accountant, doing your own taxes can drain a lot of your time and energy. Not to mention, it can lead to many mistakes, resulting in negative consequences, such as penalties, fines, and possible legal issues.
Things get even more complicated if you’re renting out a property, as you’re liable to pay rental income tax. For many landlords, this process is difficult and time-consuming.
If you already too busy, it’s best to delegate it to a professional and forget all about it. What a relief!
Most people just don’t know where to start when they’re trying to manage their own finances or to make their own financial plan.
For example, you may have some funds in your retirement plan, a home equity line, some cash in your bank account, and a salary. And unless you’re an expert in financial planning, your decision on how to best save money, or where to invest, is nothing more than a lucky guess, or a shot in the dark.
On the other hand, you have goals that you want to achieve, personally and professionally – an early retirement, starting your own business, buying a car, sending your kids to college, or traveling the world.
The very idea of having such responsibility on your very own unskilled hands is stressful enough, so just imagine the stress of failing to achieve them.
You can relieve the stress and increase your odds for success by delegating your financial planning tasks.
Here’s a well-known scenery: it’s Saturday morning, after a long and tiring week you’ve mostly spent at work. You’re still in your bed, enjoying the idea of going for a walk with your family, after a coffee with a bagel, and a pleasant shower.
And then you remember all the laundry, and that your car needs a wash too. The yard hasn’t been mown for ages and your house could use a few hours of hard and tedious tidying. The list in your mind goes on and on until the idea of an enjoyable walk is forgotten. And, so you begin.
Or you start to delegate. And while I would never recommend delegating sensitive or confidential matters, the matters that bring you joy, or the ones where your presence is important, there are certain things you would be better off delegating.
Just consider some of the following:
- Deep cleaning of your house,
- Car wash,
- Yard work,
- Home repairs,
- Cleaning the windows,
- Driving kids to school,
- Doing the laundry,
- Ironing etc.
While you can pay someone to do certain tasks instead of you, it’s also a good idea to split some work among your partner, your kids and other household members and let them get their share of responsibilities too.
With such a division of household chores, your Saturday morning dream won’t end up into a stress-inducing nightmare.
The very same principle can be used at your work, bringing a major shift in your productivity. You can start by learning the basic productivity technique called the Eisenhower Matrix.
By using this technique you can decide on your priorities easily, by simply classifying your daily or weekly tasks as important/not important or urgent/not urgent.
The tasks that you mark as both important and urgent and the ones you need to do right away. You can easily postpone working on the tasks that you’ve classified as important but not urgent and completely forget about the ones that are neither important or urgent.
If you’re in a position to do so, delegate all the tasks that you don’t consider important but are urgent.
We often take for granted the tasks we’ve burdened ourselves with, and rarely question if we could have done it any other way. For our lives to be less stressful and more meaningful again, we need to learn how to spare ourselves from the captivity of time-consuming and menial chores and learn how to delegate.