Rule Three: Buy Time
Buying time. It could be argued that rule one covers buying time, however I have about a month under my belt of learning about the power of delegation.
A really excellent service I have been trying out for the last month is http://getleverage.com (formally less doing). I have to say that this service has been fantastic for me. The whole idea behind get leverage is to offload time consuming tasks to someone else. In essence, you are buying time.
Here’s a few examples:
- Find a restaurant in Seattle that can seat 40 people for our conference.
- Find transportation for 40 people to and from hotel for the dinner.
- Make travel arrangements.
- Convert a screen shot of a table (why do people do this?) into a spreadsheet so we can actually work with it.
- Update a website
- Create a webpage
- Find a driver to haul a trailer from one state to another.
There are more, but each of these tasks took time. I could have done each and every one of these myself, but by delegating these tasks I freed up nearly 20 hours in a month.
Not only that, I learned to:
- be clear about the outcome I wanted before I started a task
- gather all the necessary resources into one place so that the person I was paying to do the work could be more productive
- set the context for a task so the person doing the work could improvise correctly if necessary.
So far I have been really happy with the service and it has expanded the capability of our organization without the need to add more staff, but more importantly it has freed me and some of my team members up – giving us to more high value tasks.
I am sure there are other ways to buy time, but for me this has been one of the most effective.