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How hard can it be to ask for help?
22/07/2014

I am the same as most people and find it difficult to admit that I need assistance with something. It is partly to do with pride but also because I am a bit of a control freak and have set ideas on how things should be done. As an example, a peek inside my clothes cupboard will reveal that my tee shirts are stacked according to colour and style, i.e. in the white pile, the short sleeved are on the top, ¾ length sleeves next and then long sleeved … yes I know!

Delegating work

When I talk to other business owners, some of them have admitted that they are reluctant to hand over admin. which they consider to be their responsibility. This is understandable as after all, a great deal of time and effort goes into establishing a business and it is difficult to admit that you are struggling with a certain part of it. Also, you do need to be a little bit organised in order to delegate work to another person. Sometimes it seems easier to just struggle on, or even ignore the problem and I am sure that we have all felt this way at one time or another, including me.

So is it a case of do as I say but not as I do? Well, up until recently the answer to that would have been ‘yes’ but at the beginning of this year something happened which meant that I could no longer pretend to be Superwoman and had to seek outside help.

The call for help goes out

In January 2014, I broke my leg and for 3 months I was restricted to hopping around with the aid of crutches. I was fortunately still able to work but could not carry out my usual daily tasks such as looking after the horses and chickens, doing the cooking or housework (hooray!). My long suffering husband coped with everything brilliantly but with a demanding job (as well as a demanding wife), he was unable to keep on top of the housework and gardening. This started to worry me as we have a large garden and although I am certainly not house proud, I did want the place to look tidy when people came to visit.

I decided that it was important to concentrate my energy into looking after my clients and practising the physiotherapy exercises I had been given in order to regain my mobility. So, a few calls were made and a cleaner and a gardener were hired. I was surprised at the sense of relief and freedom this gave me as I had not realised how these domestic issues had started to become my main focus of attention.

This experience has made me feel even more passionate about persuading business owners to handover the tasks they are struggling with to enable them to concentrate on what is important and what they are good at.

Therefore, please contact Ty Cae PA & Office Services if you want to:

  • Delegate the tasks that prevent you from doing what you do best
  • Reduce your workload
  • Improve your work-life balance
  • Spend more time concentrating on your business and potentially increasing your turnover

Do you agree that it can be hard to delegate, especially to someone who you have not worked with before? Do you have any tips on how to make this easier? Please feel free to comment on this post and share it on your Facebook page.

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