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Delegation 101.


It's been said that to live a "life well-lived" means you've mastered the art of delegation. 

A "life well-lived" means different things to different people.  Martin Ugwu says this well in his quote, "time well spent adds to life well-lived".  Have you considered or even tracked where you spend your time?  Can, or should you spend it differently?

I'm a great supporter of doing what you do best, then delegating the rest.  Do you absolutely hate copywriting?  You know there are people out there who absolutely LOVE exactly that thing you keep putting off.  Here are some simple tips to help you identify what you should, or could be delegating to other people.

1.  Track your time.  No need to have any fancy apps or programs to do this, but if you don't know what you're doing with your time now, there's little chance of making any long term improvements.

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The value in never becoming an expert.

What are you good at? Are you the best financial planner in the area? Maybe the best fitness trainer, hairdresser, accountant or solicitor? Congratulations! What a nice feeling! You've reached your pinnacle and are all set to smugly (and deservedly) sit back and bask in your glory.

But.....if you want to stay on top of your game, the learning can never stop.  Don't be fooled for one second!  If you are the best in your field, you can bet your competition is out there hungry to your take your prize.  Not only that, espousing that you're an "expert" really closes you off from learning, a shift in mindset that's not for the better.

Denis Waitley says it all in his quote "Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience."

There are always innovations, discoveries and developments for you to try.  Learn from your peers; do your MBA; take that online course.  On your way up you learnt by trying new things, making mistakes, and trying again. Don't become that complacent "expert" with nowhere to go.

As famously stated by Ray Croc, founder of McDonalds "When you're green you grow. When you're ripe you rot".  

Keep green people. Keep green.

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Stop the glorification of busy.

Have you got time for (insert whatever is on your current "to-do" list)?  

January is when folks typically set resolutions and promise themselves this coming year will be better - that they'll finally get everything together.  Everything, and everyone seem to be moving at a much faster pace. We've been conditioned to think of time as our enemy - but maybe we just need a mindset change and a little scheduling (OK - maybe a lot of scheduling) to turn things around.

Routines can help many people.  They don't have to be complicated, but they can make all the difference if you set some up, and of course, follow through.  No system is ever going to help if you don't use it!  It's about trying different things to see what works for you.  This year I'm trialing bullet journalling.  I'll let you know how it goes.  So far it seems really therapeutic and it helps to get all those "to-do's" out of my head and scheduled. 

Check out these really simple examples of how making small changes can make a big difference.  They're not rocket science, but if you use them, they will work:

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Estate Clearance - What do you do with what's left?

This is a question many people ask when they’re clearing an estate property.  All family members or friends have taken what they’re entitled to, or want from the estate property.  Bequeathed items have either been distributed to the beneficiaries, or identified for distribution at a later date.  The problem is what do you do with what’s left?

 Here are some things you might like to consider:

  • Did the deceased have a favourite charity or cause they liked to support?  If so, it’s worth the time to make contact with these organisations to view what’s left in the property, in case there’s anything they can use.  An additional benefit is that they may take the items with them, or let you know of an organisation who can collect them.

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