The Forgotten Step to Being Free

Raise your hand if you have too much on your plate.

Okay, time to delegate. The first step is figuring out what to unload. We all usually make it to this step and then get stuck. We know what we want to get rid of but we keep holding onto it and then perseverate on why we’re stuck.

If this is you, I have a solution that’s counterintuitive: Go back a step.

Delegate the task of figuring out *how* to delegate what you want to unload. You can easily do this by inviting someone into your dilemma and asking them how they might solve your problem.

For example, if you want to have someone manage your calendar, just show them your calendar in all its chaos and let them react to it. Let someone else see the pile before you ask them to move it. Instead of trying to come up with the perfect thing to say, tell the person you’re having a problem with that you don’t know what to say. They’ll take it from there.

This works without fail.

We usually bring people into the equation one step too late, which is why they never come to our rescue. Go back a step and let go earlier. Allow someone to witness you knee-deep in the muck and remain open to the possibility that they may have a better idea than you as to how to pull you out.