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You Don't Have To Do It All Yourself

 

 

 Delegate

 

 My late husband did all the checking, accounting and record keeping.

Why not? He was a Wharton School graduate. 

 This is how I balanced my checkbook.

 

In our 47 years of marriage, we never had a late payment. 

It all had to be done but it did not all have to be done by me!

 

By hiring a bookkeeper/ personal organizer, I have delegated the following tasks.... mail, expense tracking, filing and taxes for the accountant.

This is a great service that I suggest to my Classic Clients who need help with bills and paper organizing.

Sure beats doing it all yourself.

What do you delegate?

 

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Comment balloon 30 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • August 30 2016 06:49PM

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Not nearly enough.  My "curse" is I'm a control freak and I want it done the way I want it done.  I've tried so hard to deligate and have managed a few things to my assistant, but I still look over her shoulder.  It's how I sleep well at night.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 2 years ago

Again you prove why they call you the voice of reason Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland. Thank you for the attempted calls. I appreciate it.

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) about 2 years ago

Margaret, you are one smart cookie! I just don't delegate enough.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 2 years ago

Hi Margaret - We have an unlicensed assistant who manages all of our transaction paperwork and office management tasks, and it makes life much easier.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) about 2 years ago

Margaret- your post has given many, I'm sure, permission to delegate...whether it's in your personal life, business, or both.  Life's too short.  Know what it is you like, can, and do well then see if you can farm out the rest. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 2 years ago

Kathy Streib I really love doing most things but the ones that I don't like...I have learned NOT to do. Rather than not getting them done...I delegate. Life is grand when you only do the things you want to do!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, this is something I've struggled with all my life, just don't delegate enough. I even clean my house before and with the housekeeper, she thinks I'm nuts.

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) about 2 years ago

                            Thank you Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 2 years ago

Kathy Streib I love your Ah-ha moments each week and I look forward to the members you highlight.  Thank you for including me this week.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Delegate delegate delegate. That is clearly the way to leverage! I need to get someone for this for me. 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA, (Keller Williams Capital Properties) about 2 years ago

Oh yes, I try to delegate a lot.  There are a few more items I'd like to delegate but don't trust others (as I've gotten burned).  but, I do have an acct and that helps.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 2 years ago

Thank you very much for sharing some of your successful business practices.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) about 2 years ago

I'm not sure who you are talking about, let me go look in the mirror! LOL

Posted by Rob D. Shepherd, Principal Broker ABR, GRI (Windermere/lane county) about 2 years ago

Good morning Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

I'm so glad I caught this most on Kathy Streib 's Sunday morning post on her "Ah-ha" moments for the week! I'm a firm believer in delegating what I don't want to do. I hired an Administrative Assistant 15 years ago and it is the best investment I make (either give it to Uncle Sam or expense it) in my business. I'm free to do what I do best..list and sell!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) about 2 years ago

Dorie Dillard Great comment that would also make a good stand alone post. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Margaret, the whole accounting thing is certainly worth delegating, and it's a great investment in sanity - especially the tax prep!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Patricia Kennedy It is the worth delegating to someone who enjoys this type of task. That person is certainly not me.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Hi Margaret --- as Tammy Lankford, answered "not enough" is my response too when it comes to delegation.   I do have a transaction coordinator for the paperwork side and I'm very grateful for her services.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 2 years ago

I would love to have someone to delegate to. So far the only task I've managed to shed (mostly) is grocery shopping. My husband does that now. He doesn't always come home with exactly what I had in mind - and he often comes home with extra things - but at least I don't have to take a half a day to go to town. 

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 2 years ago

Michael Jacobs Good for you. Giving what you don't want to do to someone else

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Marte Cliff I miss My LEE so much. He also did the grocery shopping. Lucky you! 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

I need someone to delegate to. Oh wait, is that me in the mirror?

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) about 2 years ago

Evelyn Johnston Maybe it is you or may it is Rob D. Shepherd 

Looks like you are both using a mirror.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

I am a DIY 100% on everything including fixing appliances, cars, houses etc. I have professionals do it only if I can not handle it. That means roofing replacement, auto transmission, electrical work. I have got a CPA to file taxes since IRS has asked questions and wanted to pay more then IRS says they made a mistake with a refund.  I still compile all data on spread sheet for each 1040 form and his job is data upload and adjust to new rules.  The rest I can still handle my self.  As a realtor I have access to more crafts people, taking down a tree, put a big fence is deligated. 

 

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 2 years ago

Disclosure- I married a food nutrition major I rarely cook but still help out at her kitchen.  

Posted by Sam Shueh, mba, cdpe, reopro, pe ( (408) 425-1601) about 2 years ago

Sam Shueh Glad to hear you help out in the kitchen...smart man!

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

I can see why Kathy chose to high light your post this week!  Great stuff!~

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) about 2 years ago

I enjoyed reading the older post!

I think you were very clever. And I think you are still pretty darn clever. Why do it yourself if you don't have to????

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) about 2 years ago

Tahnks Sharon Tara  Life is better when we delegate what we don't want to do! 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 2 years ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland - yep, love that 4D principal.

Delete (if not needed or important), Delay (if it can wait), Delegate (if someone can do it better than you) and Do it - as in Nike commercial - Just Do It!

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) about 2 years ago

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