Delegating tasks made easier by having systems in place

By delegating tasks we can free up our minds and concentrate on what we need to do.

Last time we talked about creating household systems.  When we have systems and processes in place we set a standard for a task.  Because we have a system created it is then easier for someone else to complete the task in the same manner as we would.

Delegating Tasks

When delegating tasks in the home, there are various factors to consider. Everyone should have tasks to complete, even young children are able to help with picking up toys, putting a plastic cup in low level cupboard. Delegating Tasks Take the weekly to-do list and break it down to daily tasks. Look at age appropriate options. Lay out a quick and easy 3 step plan of each task.

Then discuss the list with family members. If someone knows and understands exactly what a task involves, and when it needs to be done, they are more easily able to agree to doing it.

It’s not just delegating a task, the person needs to commit to doing the task.

Meals are another one for the delegating task list. There is no reason why any one person should have to do all the cooking.

I had friends with 3 teenage school children. Each Child had a designated night where they were responsible for providing the family meal.

There were set requirements for what a meal was, meat, vegies NOT sandwiches. The person who cooked, tidied up the preparation tools, rinsing items and wiping down prep area. They didn’t leave their mess for someone else to take care of.

If they were not going to be home that night they also had the responsibility to prepare before they left, or arrange a swap.

Delegating tasks to family members particularly children helps them learn many life skills as well as freeing up your time.

When you get more done, you then have more available time for family.


So tell me – have you delegated tasks to family members? What tips do you have for encouraging them to stay committed to the task?

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    • Thanks Delia, from experience I know it’s easier to get them involved bit by bit as they are young rather than waiting till high school before asking for any sort of help.
      Obviously each child and each household is different, but even my grandson who is young and uses a wheelchair has things he is able to do. So in his case it’s great that he learns young what he can do for himself rather then everything being done for him.
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  1. Great post! I also encourage my clients to model the outcome when they delegate. Work with the “delegatee” through the task once . . . explaining how you want the outcome to look. For example, if you are delegating making the bed, do you want a crisp, clean look with hospital corners – or do you just want the comforter pulled up and the pillow on the bed instead of the floor? Once the expectations are clear it’s so much easier for both the delegator and the delegatee! :)
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  2. I fully agree with you, it’s really important to get children helping out at a young age before really bad habits can set in. In my home my kids are responsible for setting the table every evening and unloading the dishwasher. The older one (14) cooks a meal about once a month – it used to be every week but he’s got too many committments now!
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    • Lorraine you can establish the pattern now. Reduce the quantity of toys in the box if needed, and establish the pattern of tidy up time. Even if he only picks up one toy now, over time as he gets older he will grow into the pattern.
      If you tidy up after he’s gone to bed, he doesn’t see the pattern of tidy time, which can lead to it being even harder when he’s older.
      So even if you don’t expect him to tidy up his toys now, you are teaching him the process, so that over time he will develop the pattern of tidying up after himself.
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  3. Great post, sometimes we take just unconsciously take on everything. When my boys were young I would not dare let them in my kitchen now I have two adult sons that I would pay to cook for me.It is amazing they are more attentive to the stove then I am…I chuckle and say oh well, when they have cooked as many years as I have they will be sick of it too. I am actually better with this with my grandchildren now that I have gained a lil wisdom.
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    • Oh Margaret the beauty of hindsight. As women and mothers we often are told we should be looking after our family. We get hooked into doing everything for them and sometimes less of teaching them how to look after themselves. By the time we have grandchildren we can step back and look at the process from a different perspective. And it’s really nice when someone else cooks us a meal.
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  4. I do think it’s a good idea to have children engaged in tasks around the house so they’ll be prepared when they are on their own. And we can also make it a bit more engaging for them, too.