Hello SOTGC community,
This post was inspired by a couple events. The first is from exchanging some Tweets with Jenna Goudreau who is a staff reporter covering leadership & careers for Forbes and is also the assistant editor of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list. I was getting her feedback on a post I had written about changing the question of “Can women have it all to Can we be more realistic?”
Her response was: “Agree completely! So important. Also good to ask for help and delegate (which requires trust).”
The other inspiration was from a conversation I had with a friend who, like me, is entering his entrepreneur career while working a full time job. He and I were talking about ALL the little details that are bogging us down, that HAVE to be attended to, but are stifling our own strengths which lie in big picture thinking and creative conceptualization.
But before we get into the thick of this…let’s go back a step and figure out what we are talking about. The standard definition of minutiae is: “minor or incidental details.” However, what may seem minor or incidental to one person could be an exciting and rewarding job for another.
Jenna mentioned that to be “realistic” with our time we need to learn to delegate some of these tasks that are “minutiae in theory” to each of us individually, and assign them to someone who will take joy and pride in accomplishing them. The key factor she pointed out in this process of choosing whom you will delegate to…is trust.
Why would “trust” be such a big factor when delegating activities that are “minor?” Well, personally, it’s because even though I see them as “busy work”…they are extremely important to the success of my business. I’m an “ideas and creative conceptualization person,” being bogged down in the details of getting a product ready for launch, testing it through market research, dealing with ALL the semantics of preparing for the launch and then tracking the statistics on how well the launch did and where we could improve is EXTREMELY boring to me. However, if these details aren’t done well…they will break my business.
Trusting someone to help me with this while I focus on ideas, creativity, and being the face and voice of SOTGC will take a lot on my part…but Jenna is right…it must be done for me to be able to “have it all.” And this isn’t just applicable to business, it’s delegating tasks that bog us down in our personal lives as well. Perhaps it’s getting a grocery delivery service so you can spend more time with your family when you come home from work, or hiring a cleaning service so your precious is NOT spent scrubbing a sink. Maybe it’s not feeling guilty about picking up pre-made dinner from the local market instead of stressing about a home made meal that’s healthy and delicious for your family (my favorite stores for these healthy and pre done options are Whole Foods, Jimbos, and Bristol Farms.)
So now that we’ve figure out the WHY, we must figure out the HOW, right? How do we find the RIGHT person to help us manage this minutiae?
So how about you? What details do you find minor and are preventing you from spending your time elsewhere but that NEED to be accomplished for your life to move forward in progress? How will you pick WHICH tasks to assign…and more importantly…do you (as well as I) have the courage to trust this to someone else to carry through for us? So thank you Jenna for pointing out that while we CAN “have it all” as long as we are “realistic in what IT ALL means to us individually,” it’s going to take trust and delegation to get to that point.
Please share this post with someone who you’ve noticed takes on too much, and could use some encouragement to free up their time for more rewarding things in their life.