Delegate at least one task to… somebody

My name is Donna Anderson and I’m a control freak. Whew! There – I said it. And it doesn’t change a thing. I’m still going to panic every time Jessica says, “Why don’t you show me how to do that and I could handle it for you.” Oh, the horror! The images that come to mind!

As a control freak myself I completely understand how difficult it is to ask for help or accept help when it’s offered. It’s not that you don’t want that person helping, you just assume they’ll never be able to do whatever it is up to your standards and you’d have to re-do it anyway, so why even waste the time showing them how?

I get it, really I do. BUT… Remember how we talked about saving time back on Day 17 and how your fall-back excuse has been “But I don’t have that kinda time!” Yeah, well, it’s time to get a few things off your plate.


Examples of Delegating


I used to spend 15 minutes a day, 6 days a week, stamping envelopes and walking back and forth to the mailbox. I turned both of these tasks over to the mini-couponers and saved an 1 1/2 hours a week.  (They love going to the mailbox for grandma and two or three times a week I give them each $.50 to get a soda at the C-store on their way home.)


I used to spend an hour a week standing in line at the Post Office. I started getting large orders ready the night before and let Jessica take them to the Post Office on her way home from work. This saved another hour each week.

I used to spend hours every week clipping the orders. I literally clipped 7 days a week. But Jessica, on the other hand, had every Saturday and Sunday off. When I started having her clip every single BIC coupon or every single Wet n Wild coupon on Sundays so they’d be ready when I put orders together on Monday I shaved hours off my workweek.

We used to spend a half hour every week getting all of our inserts into the house, down into the basement and onto the shelves… until we let the mini-couponers take over all the heavy-lifting.

We’ve even shown the mini-couponers how to fold and hang laundry when it comes out of the dryer, and how to wash, dry and put away the dishes. They even know how to clean the bathroom. Granted, they don’t perform any of these tasks as well as we would but they do a passable job and when we’re in a pinch for time “Passable” works just fine.

And you know what else we do? We find ways to completely remove tasks from our To-Do lists.

When we first started clipping I used to spend hours clipping all the stragglers, sorting them and clipping them together and then filing them in little boxes. Then once a month I’d go through all the little boxes and throw all those stragglers away. When I stopped clipping them and just put the individual pages in boxes I shaved another few hours off my work week. Nine times out of ten I never went back to those loose pages to get the coupons, anyway, so clipping them had just been a waste of time.


Your Task For Today


Take a look at everything on your To-Do list, whether it’s a business task or a personal task or a household task, and find things you can either eliminate altogether or delegate to someone.

That ‘someone’ can be your children, your spouse, or a friend or relative.

Trust me, I know it’s hard to hand that task over to someone else, and you’re right, they probably won’t do it the same way way you do. But they will do it, in their own way. Tell them and show them exactly what results you want and trust them to get the job done.

And now that you have all this extra time… no more excuses.