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Here Are Six Types of Tasks Leaders Can Delegate Immediately

By Harvard Business Review
September 1, 2017

Feeling like you don’t have enough time to do what needs to get done? Consider unloading these “T’s” from your workload.

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When it feels like you don’t have room for yet another request without sacrificing your sanity or strategic projects, it’s time to delegate. Use the six T’s to determine what tasks make the most sense to offload:

TINY: Tasks that add up quickly even though they seem small and inconsequential. These tasks are never important or urgent, but even if they only take a few minutes they end up taking you out of the flow of more strategic work.

TEDIOUS: Tasks that are relatively simple probably aren’t the best use of your time. Very straightforward tasks should be handled by anyone but you.

TIME-CONSUMING: Tasks that, although they may be important and somewhat complex, take up a considerable amount of time and don’t require you to do the initial 80 percent of research. You can easily step in when the task is 80 percent complete and give approval, oversight and/or direction on next steps.

TEACHABLE: Tasks that, although comprising several smaller tasks, can be consolidated into a single system and passed along, with you only providing quality checks and final approval.

TERRIBLE AT: Tasks that don’t play to your strengths. You take far longer than other people skilled in this area, and you still produce a subpar result.

TIME-SENSITIVE: Crucial tasks that compete with other priorities. Since there isn’t enough time to do them all at once, you can delegate one of these important tasks so that it can be done in parallel to your other project-based deadlines.

Copyright 2017 Harvard Business School Publishing Corp. Distributed by The New York Times Syndicate.

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