- Missing Mr H
- Christmas and all the little things and arrangements connected with it.
- End of the year at work - so many things that need doing before the New Year
- Going into the office for full days - I am having to rethink that one.
I used to be totally useless at delegation. It probably stems from the fact that for 12 years I was alone doing my job, so I did everything. I helped design the systems and how things were done, and I had my methods for getting the work done. In 1997 when I ended up on anti-depressants, the boss realised we needed more staff. Now there are 4 of us doing what I was doing, and I have had to Let Go and let people get on with it, and make their own mistakes... It's difficult, relinquishing something that you have built up yourself over so many years.
Partly it is a control thing, of course; but partly it is the feeling that 'if you want a job done properly, do it yourself'. Not saying I'm perfect, far from it, but it frustrates the hell out of me when people make careless mistakes. It begs the question, if you put safeguards in to prevent mistakes, does it stop people thinking for themselves so they switch off more, and hence make more mistakes?
So, yes learning delegation has been hard for me, but I have been getting better at it. The accident was in fact good for the office - people were forced to do things they would normally just ask me for; and it has also prompted us to make sure more people knew about various systems, rather than just one person. It has made me much more relaxed about my work, all part of the same shift in priorities which both Mr H and I have experienced since June 27th.
But yes, I have been known to delegate crossing the road to somebody else, if the post box is on the other side!