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Effectively Delegate Tasks With An Expectations And Deadline List

Dishing out work to other people is a great way to cut down your list of tasks. But since you still hold responsibility for the outcome, you want to make sure it’s done right. To help outline the task, productivity blog Day-Timer suggests you always hand off work with an expectations and deadline list.

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Delegating out a task is always a risk, but instead of messing around with the how-to and details that don’t really matter, Day-Timer suggests it’s best to simply list the result you want and when you want it:

Ask yourself “What am I doing this week that doesn’t have to be done by me?” Think of people – co-workers, your spouse, even your kids — who might have better time or resources to help you. Before delegating, always be certain that you offer a specific, detailed explanation, and never hand off the project until you have discussed:

a) expectations

b) deadline

How the delegated person accomplishes the task doesn’t matter. Instead, it’s all about getting the same result as you would.

Today’s Productivity Tip: Improve Your Delegation [Day-Timer Blog]


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