DIVIDING, ASSIGNING & ASKING FOR HELP WITH TO-DO'S

July 30, 2012

Do you remember TEAM -- Together Everyone Accomplishes More?  While we may remember the acronym, some of us may have forgotten the message.  There has been a shift over the last decade or so to glorify those who do it all themselves without anybody's help, whether it be at the office or at home.  But it is OK to ask for help from your co-workers, friends and family.  Especially if you are feeling overwhelmed and overworked.  Have a family meeting and assign weekly or daily tasks to each member.  It doesn't have to be divided equally, but even taking a task or two from your to-do's can help alleviate some of your stress.  If you are in a position of management at work, don't be afraid to delegate tasks of lesser importance to your team so you can focus your energies on the tasks that require a your skill set.  In both cases you may find yourself micro-managing at first, but remember in many instances achieving task completion is more important than how your got there.  There may be some tasks it has taken you years to develop a system for and it may take others a bit of time to figure it out for themselves.  Give out pointers but also let them learn from their mistakes.  Sometimes letting go of control can be the hardest part of delegation.  

In July I will be focusing on To-Do List Tips here at Simple Solutions.  Check back for more ideas on how to be productive without feeling overwhelmed.

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