Controlling the Need to Do Everything


What happened when I relinquish control of the need to do everything.

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I let go of the thought that everything depends on me, and freely pass on the responsibility to others. When I do, I feel a heavy burden lifted from my shoulders.

At home, I let my children handle some of the chores. This teaches them responsibility and lets them feel like an integral part of the family. Choosing age appropriate tasks for each boy, my 11 year old can easily handle putting out the garbage or loading the dishwasher, while my two year old likes to put laundry in the drawer and wipe down the table. I let my spouse handle whatever he will and am pleased with the outcome of our teamwork.

At work, I delegate tasks efficiently by letting those best qualified for the task to lend a helping hand. I will look at an organizing project or a downsizing move at each phase. If there is a place I can pass off the work, I try to every time. This gives me more time to focus on the tasks that I must do myself. As a result, we work as a team on the job, output higher quality work, and I do not have to do it all myself.

I know that most of the time someone else will not do a task in the exact same way I would, but that does not mean that the results are sub-par. In fact, I find that if I back off and let them be in control of their delegated task, they produce fine work. A wonderful time to remember that 90% done is better than 100% of nothing.

Letting go of the need to do everything gives me more time to do what I really want to do. I can take the time to relax and take better care of myself. I can rejuvenate my energy and focus on the things that are important to me.

By letting go, I am less burdened by the stress that comes with trying to do everything myself. I happily let my spouse, children and co-workers take on what they can, knowing that all will be well.

Self-Reflection Questions:

  1. How strong is my need to do everything myself?
  2. What chores can I assign to my children instead of doing them myself?
  3. What daily tasks can I delegate to others at work?

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