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Ask any successful manager what the secret to her success is and she will likely cite such things as Commitment, Dedication, and Teamwork.

Those are all very noble-sounding principles and make for an inspiring speech at the management luncheon, however what she's not telling you is that the real reason she accomplishes more in a week than others do in a month is because she's not doing much of the actual work.

While it may never be featured on a framed poster, with an eagle soaring in the distance, Delegation is one of the single most important ways you can achieve your goals both professionally and in your personal life.

At first, assigning tasks to others might give you the uncomfortable sensation of giving up control, but once you get used to it you'll see that you can get a lot more done when you're not always the one doing it.

See Jane Work carries a number of products designed to make Delegating easier.

  • Project Envelopes are available in three different translucent colors. Have your receptionist or assistant sort and prioritize your mail and memos.
  • A set of Action Clips can be used to quickly categorize the items in your In Box.
  • To Do Post It Notes from Russell+Hazel are numbered for easy prioritizing. Give your assistant a list with the most critical items on top.
  • Use an M.O. Expanding Desktop File to assign projects to individuals or departments.
  • Binders that include up-to-date Job Descriptions, and a Policies and Procedures manual should clarify job responsibilities and company guidelines.
  • Small gifts let your team members know that you appreciate their efforts. Give your assistant a Becca Pencil Case from Kate Spade, or surprise your receptionist with a Depression Glass Desk Set.

Delegation is also a valuable tool for household management. By enlisting older children to do simple chores around the house, you are not only freeing up your own time, you are encouraging your children to become more self-reliant.

If you regularly employ a babysitter, nanny or housekeeper, make sure you are clearly communicating what you need done and when.

  • Notepads from Mom Agenda offer a well-thought-out Babysitter Notes pad as well as a To Do list specially designed for busy moms.
  • Mommy's Daily Log is a great way to let Baby's caregivers communicate important information like feeding times, naps and diaper changes.

While it may take some getting used to, learning to delegate can and will make you a more effective manager, whether you're running a department, a business, or a home.

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