Too many clients? Not enough time? Feeling like you're always on the edge of burnout and exhaustion? 🤯
If you are, then know that you're not the only one.
As a mental health professional, your day might already be structured to prioritize patient/client care, plus admin - which makes you feel like you're constantly on the go.
You're juggling so many different responsibilities and keeping track of your clients' needs, it can be hard to know what you should delegate and when.
If you've noticed that what used to feel easy now feels tedious, or what used to feel exciting now feels overwhelming, then you may be nearing burnout or exhaustion both physically and mentally as a mental health professional. 😩
To be honest, those are two serious signs that you're nearing burnout or exhaustion both physically and mentally as a mental health professional and you might know this better than I do, for sure! 😅
It's not uncommon to feel overwhelmed and drained, but it's crucial to take action before it affects your work and personal life.
When that happens, it's time to take action—but what do you do? 🤔
🎯 How do you identify which tasks are the right ones for delegation?
🎯 How can you make sure that the person who takes your place is up to the task at hand?
Here's the thing, if you want to get back to feeling good about your work again and make sure that you're not putting yourself at risk of a mental health crisis, then it's time to delegate some tasks.
Here are three steps to help you identify and delegate tasks to prevent burnout:
STEP ONE: ASSESSMENT
Take a step back and evaluate the tasks that:
are taking up most of your time
would require you to learn new skills yet you'd rather do something else
force you to work on it because it's needed but you'd rather focus on what YOU can only do for your business
Identify which tasks can be delegated to others, such as administrative work, to free up your time and energy for more important tasks.
Ask yourself these questions:
👉 What tasks take so much time to do/complete but don't really equate to income/profit but it's still needed for my business to run? (ex. ADMIN)
👉 What responsibilities can you delegate that would let you focus on what you do best aka your zones of genius? (ex. social media management, project management, launch support, etc.)
👉 What tasks do I enjoy doing, and what are those that drain me?
STEP TWO: CALCULATE
On each question, put the estimated hours you spend doing these on a monthly basis and then multiply that by your hourly rate.
Social Media Tasks: 20 hours x $200 = $4,000
Launch Support: 40 hours x $200 = $8,000
Total of $12,000 a month
You're trading your 60 hours for this amount, monthly.
STEP THREE: REVIEW
Now, review and decide:
◾ If it's worth losing 60 hours a month doing these tasks that are needed for your business BUT:
👉 you don't want to keep doing it, you'd rather do something else (ex. daily operations)
👉 you don't want to invest more time learning it, you'd rather have an expert help you do it (ex. social media)
◾ How can you even grow your business using these 60 hours, should you delegate these?
◾ How would your life look like if you have 60 more hours FREE in a month?
By following these steps, you can continue to provide the best possible care to your patients + show up for your business because then, you can FOCUS!
Remember, taking care of your mental health is just as important as taking care of your business.
You can also make use of this African Proverb as your gentle reminder:
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