Some days I wake up and I’m ALL about that hustle life.
I feel motivated.
Ready to kick some entrepreneurial you-know-what.
And then other days…well, I’m so overwhelmed by all the things I have to do, I am paralyzed. I can’t seem to get anything done because I just have too much to worry about. Blog posts and Instagram posts. Accounting and business development. Speaking engagements and clients. Oh, did I mention resumes upon resumes upon resumes? Still looking to hire resume writers y’all….
I’ve come to a point, and you will too in your entrepreneurial career, that you need to start delegating.
But delegating is really hard.
Maybe it’s because I’m a control freak or like to have a tight grip on my brand (not a totally bad thing), but I have a hard time parting with work. Even work that overwhelms me. Maybe you do too. But at some point, to keep your sanity, you need to give tasks to other people so you can focus on the most important thing in your business. For me that’s business development, content creation and client interactions.
As far as I’m concerned, I didn’t start my business so that I could be more overwhelmed. I started my business so I could have more flexibility, more time working on things that I love and the opportunity to make more money. This overwhelm has got to go. And it needs to go for you too.
Here are some reasons why you need to delegate your tasks:
You’re not talented at everything
I hate hearing this too. I like to think I’m good at everything I try. I mean, why else would I risk having a cushy job to go on this route where uncertainty is the most certain part of owning a business – if I didn’t think I could do it all? (The amount of LOLZ this deserves is astounding.) But at some point, you have to realize (as do I) that you’re not good at everything. Personally, I really stink at growing my Instagram and quite frankly I don’t want to learn. I don’t enjoy doing my accounting, so an accountant I must hire. And I’m really not particularly stellar at putting systems in place to make myself more organized. I need help. First step, admit. Second step, contract out.
You deserve a life too
I love the term “hustle”. However, in our society, it has become this glutton-for-punishment badge. Even though you put your heart and soul into your business, you still deserve some time off. For me that’s really hard. With email and social media, it’s difficult to fully unplug and step away. We are always on and that is just NOT HEALTHY for our bodies or minds. Allow yourself the freedom to have someone else worry about tasks that are creating 80 hour work weeks for you.
You’ll make more money
This sounds counterintuitive right? Spend money on hiring people and less money for you right? No. In actuality, it’s more time for you to focus on the important tasks. The revenue-generating tasks. If it’s just me, at some point I’m running on the hamster wheel with no exit in sight. I can’t take time off and I won’t be able to work on scalable projects. If I can’t work on scalable projects, I won’t be able to grow my income. Simple as that. (Want more info on this, read The Four Hour WorkWeek – my favorite book of all time).
So get off the hamster wheel. Excuse yourself from the overwhelm. And delegate. Delegate out the tasks that aren’t crucial to the functioning of your business. Delegate out what you hate doing. Delegate out what’s not going to create long-term success.