10 Ways to Delegate at Work and at Home

December 8, 2016

Career Advice

10519508175_f3ced9dfc2_zDelegating your tasks is no easy feat. There are many reasons why: you may be a bit of a control freak and think you can do the task better. Or you may be so overwhelmed that you don’t even have time to explain the task to somebody else.

But there are many more reasons why delegating is good for you. For one, burnout is real. When your brain is frazzled, every task you perform thereafter will not be your best work. Secondly, you can’t do everything alone–and you don’t need to. Work life and home life blend into each other, and something has got to give.

Sometimes delegating costs a little bit more time up front. Sometimes it costs more money up front. Other times it costs a bit of your power, control, or recognition. You’ll have to analyze if these costs are worth the sanity and extra time you’ll get in the long run. Here are 10 ideas to get you started.


  1. Outsource specific portions of projects to trusted freelancers.
  2. Redefine processes and responsibilities so the best and most appropriate people and team tackle each step.
  3. Start an internship program so smaller projects that have previously been overlooked can get a jump start.
  4. Hire part-time temporary help to overcome an especially stressful time of year.
  5. Establish clear “assembly line”-type processes with specific step-by-step directions to, in a sense, “automate” projects where possible.


  1. Sign up for a laundry pick-up and delivery service.
  2. Order your groceries online and have them delivered to your door.
  3. Hire a weekly or monthly house cleaner.
  4. Look into a meal delivery service.
  5. Divide up chores evenly among your family.

Image via Mufidah Kassalias/Flickr.


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