How to Prioritize Yourself
We all want to be the go-to person at work, just not at the cost of our own success.
“Delegation, while an essential part of leading effectively, can be difficult — especially if you’re a detailed-oriented person who truly enjoys execution,” writes Melody Wilding for The Startup.
But, if you want to continue to succeed, you must let go of some of the day-to-day tasks, she writes.
Wilding explains how to share your expertise while focusing on the big picture—which will help you prioritize yourself at work.
- Document your processes. Delegating everyday tasks is much easier if your processes are documented in standard operating procedures.
“Create detailed checklists of each step you take while completing them so that another person could replicate the process in your absence,” writes Wilding. “It also gives you peace of mind tasks will be completed up to your quality standards when outsourcing.”
- Notice trends. Do you get the same questions on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis? Take note of these questions, and the answers, to share with others when issues arise, Wilding suggests.
- Record your trainings. Are you asked to train new employees on software or walk them through processes? Make sure you’re recording them, especially if you’re using technology.
“If you’re walking someone through a step-by-step procedure, do a screen capture,” writes Wilding. “You can take screenshots or record the full process with your audio narrative. Use the videos to create a training library that can be used by new hires or an assistant.”