Some Gems on Delegating

John D Cook, “Whether to Delegate”:

You shouldn’t necessarily do things that you’re good at.

(I love it when an article provokes the mind right from the start.)

Managing energy is more important than managing time. Energy is what gets things done, and time is only a crude surrogate for energy. Instead of only looking at what you could earn per hour versus what you could hire someone else for per hour, consider the energy it would take you to do something versus the energy it would free to delegate it.

If something saps your energy and puts you in a bad mood, delegate it even if you have to pay someone more to do it than it would cost you do to yourself. And if something gives you energy, maybe you should do it yourself even if someone else could do it cheaper.

Miles Richardson, “Why Coding is not the Best Use of Your Time”:

I used to code everything myself. “If you want something done right, you gotta do it yourself,” I used to say. Wrong. If you want something done right, you just need to know how to tell someone to do it.

Now, I turn projects into well-written specs with clear directives. I break them down by tasks, and then group the tasks by specialty. This way, instead of spinning my own wheels 90% researching and learning, and 10% building, I can hand the spec to a specialist who already has the requisite background knowledge.

If you are a generalist, I highly recommend this approach. It will significantly improve your efficiency.