I keep learning this lesson over and over again, so I’m writing it here in an effort to never forget again. As a manager, if some task constantly stresses me out or makes me feel uneasy, it’s probably because I’m doing someone else’s job.
I don’t mean someone’s being lazy and I’m picking up their slack. I’m talking about those nagging little annoying things you find yourself doing as infrequently as you can and do a half-assed job at every time. So you not only stress because they’re in the way of your real work but you stress because you suck at them.
Every time I allow myself to notice this feeling–every time I analyze what’s causing it, it’s because I should be delegating this work to someone else. Usually, in a mature organization, it’s even obvious who the work should go to.
The beautiful thing about being a manager of people is that your core job includes uncluttering your and everyone else’s work days by putting the work, moving tasks to a home where they can be lovingly completed.