MS symptoms: Art of Delegation & Getting the Job Done

delegationIn the article, “The Art of Delegation” Gerard Blair of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland says, “The objective of delegation is to get the job done by someone else.”

As a former school district administration I am all too familiar with the art of delegation. Now that I am retired with multiple sclerosis, delegation of tasks is not something I do often but there are times when I need to do it. Reasons for delegating:

1 – to preserve energy
2 – fatigue prevents me from completing the task
3 – cognitive issues cause slow or poor decision-making
4 – to release me from the stress of a decision
5 – to allow others to provide assistance where they are able

Blair also points out in his article, “To enable someone else to do the job for you, you must ensure that:

  • they know what you want
  • they have the authority to achieve it
  • they know how to do it”

Communication of details is key. Delegating does not mean I am giving up control if I have given the expectations in which decisions on my behalf are being made. When someone else does something for me, I cannot compare their work to that of what I would have done. If the task is complex or legal, sharing necessary criteria and receiving input from those acting for me will help assure satisfaction for everyone.

I never delegate what I can do for myself unless I am preserving my energy for an activity coming up. Gratitude for those assisting me is first and forefront. I show my appreciation whenever I can.

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Melissa Cook
Melissa Cook is the author of As a retired high school teacher and school district administrator, she chooses to share her MS story in hopes of benefiting others.