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Why is it so hard to delegate?

Why is it so hard to delegate?

I want to do it. I know I need to do it. I know I can do it. But I don’t do it.

I wrote that line above years ago. Sometimes it’s a good thing to write a draft post, give it just a line or so of content, and leave it. See what happens. Since then, I’ve gotten much better at delegating. I’m to the point where it’s the inverse relationship to what it used to be.

It used to be:

Do it myself first and if there was anything left over, delegate. 

But now it’s become:

Delegate first and give it to me only if there is good reason. 

I think part of it has just been maturity. Part of it is getting distance from what you’re doing (maybe that’s related to maturity). Distance has been important in many ways. When you’re working on your own, you’re not sure when you’re working “smart” or not, you don’t have much feedback or even someone to bounce ideas off of.

Ha, this line is actually kind of funny … but also a frustrating:

I want to do it. I know I need to do it. I know I can do it. But I don’t do it.

It could be anything: exercise, weight loss, building good habits. I suppose that’s just what delegating was for me: a bad habit that I turned into a good habit. Through brute force, frustration, trial and error, desperation, and lots and lots of time.

This is an old draft I’m going to publish. Happily, I’ve learned quite a bit since this draft!

It’s nice to experience some progress.

You just think you have to do it all yourself. How long would it take to build this building? Forever and a day.

You just think you have to do it all yourself. How long would it take to build this building? Forever and a day.

 

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Bradley

I don't like to call them excuses. They're priorities. With a handful of exceptions, we usually have a choice in our actions. They just need to be prioritized.

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