How many times have you caught yourself thinking “if you want it done right… you have to do it yourself.”
So many times as managers, we get caught in the vicious “do-it-myself” cycle instead of the management cycle. Let’s be honest, many times it is easier just to do than to manage. The problem however is obvious; time is a finite resource and you can only invest it one task at a time.
By doing it yourself, you end up stealing time and energy from someone or something else at the same time and typically these are the important areas of our lives that include planning ahead, building relationships and spending time with our family.
The next time you’re faced with a choice to either “do” or “manage” ask yourself these 6 questions:
- Can anyone else do this task?
- By allowing someone else do this, will they grow into a better employee/leader?
- If someone else does this, will I have time to deal with more important issues?
- Will I now take on the burden/liability from this point forward if I take this on?
- Do I become the “easy button” for others?
- If I give in and do, instead of manage the doing, will I ever get to do the things that I truly want to do?
Evaluate your answers to those questions, and the decision should become clear.
“Lost time is never found again” – Benjamin Franklin