Decide less, delegate more.
Wait – giving up control might make you happier? A lot of people find freedom, joy and happiness by making a decision once and then letting go. Steve Jobs decided that he’d wear basically the same outfit every day. It ended up being part of his personal branding, but that wasn’t the initial purpose.
Albert Einstein did much the same thing, only his “uniform” was a grey suit. He bought several identical ones because he didn’t want to waste brainpower on choosing an outfit every morning.
And, by the way, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, has made the same decision – his “uniform” is a grey T-shirt.
These three men made a clothing decision once, then basically delegated their daily dressing decision to their closet.
Is that the kind of decision you could make? I know I couldn’t, but admire the creativity of thought behind it.
What can you decide once and never have to think about again? What can you do once each week that you now do once each day? Once a month? Once a year? Really think about that – what do you do on a regular basis that you could streamline?
I publish a “happiness quick tip” newsletter each Monday. It occurred to me, early on, that the process of putting the newsletter out would be faster and easier if I had all 52 quick tips written, so I spent a day researching and writing. That helped, but it still took too long to put the newsletter together because I wanted a meme to go with each tip and making them one at a time was time-consuming. So I spent an evening making 52 memes. Then I realized that if I assembled and scheduled the newsletters three months at a time, that process was faster, too.
You probably have things you do, in life as well as in business, that you could streamline, too. Decide what those are, and delegate as much as you can. In my case, I cut newsletter production time by ¾ by chunking the production of the pieces and then delegating the sending of the newsletters to a wonderful CRM service.
Another example of deciding less and delegating more is actually hiring someone to work with you to get things done that take too much of your time and energy. I recently hired a woman to reach out and get me hired as a speaker. I love developing and delivering programs, but the “call up and follow up” isn’t something I enjoy. Thankfully it is something my assistant enjoys.
So, think about it – what can you streamline or delegate? Decide less, and you leave more room in your life for happiness.
I’d love to hear your strategies for streamlining and delegating – please comment on my Facebook page, or you can contact me to share your wisdom. And if you know someone who needs this, please share this with them. Have a happier day!