One of the surest ways to break through the ceiling and get to where you want to go is to delegate and elevate yourself to your God-given unique abilities.
If you're like most business owners, entrepreneurs, and leaders, you're probably feeling a little stuck, with way too much on your plate. You may be feeling like you could and should be accomplishing a heck of a lot more than you are. If so, these five steps will take you to the next level:
Step 1: Define your 100% - Your 100% is your maximum number of hours per week you want to work and still remain balanced. You can't move to the next step without answering this question. All progress begins here. The answer to this question represents your 100%.
Step 2: Determine if you're over capacity - How much time will it take to do everything you need to do well? While this calculation is not entirely easy, it is vital. If your answer exceeds your 100%, it's time to delegate and elevate. Therefore, move to step 3.
Step 3: List everything you do everyday - It may seem daunting, but it's worth 30 minutes and will save you hundreds of hours every year going forward. Literally list each and every activity, big and small, and then move on to step 4.
Step 4: Create your two columns - Take everything from the previous list in step 3 and put them in one of two columns. Column one is where you list everything you love and/or like to do and are great and/or good at. Column two is where you list everything remaining from the step 3 list. Once everything from step 3 is in one of the two columns, move to step 5. (NOTE: If you want to really zero in on your unique abilities, download and use our Delegate and Elevate tool for this step.)
Step 5: Delegate and elevate - Either stop doing or delegate the excess capacity items in the second column (or the lower half of the Delegate and Elevate tool) to the people around you until you're comfortably within your 100%. As a leader in your organization, you must operate in your sweet spot. By spending most of your time on "column 1" activities, you will. You owe it to yourself and your company. This makes you more valuable, gives you more energy, and makes you happier, which then leads to you being a much better leader for your people.