Should You Make Asking for Help Your New Year’s Resolution?

December 26, 2018 | 1,660 views

Should You Make Asking for Help Your New Year’s Resolution?

Should You Make Asking for Help Your New Year’s Resolution?

Perhaps one of the hardest, and most necessary, things to do is ask for help. For some reason, it makes people cringe to have to lean on others to get things done. That’s probably why one in five highly-engaged employees are at risk of burnout, according to the Harvard Business Review. Yet, when you’re in business, you have no other choice than to lean on others if you want to reach your goals.


If your New Year’s resolution is to avoid burnout in your business or nonprofit, here are a few ways you can comfortably and strongly seek out help.


Find Areas to Delegate

In every business, there are areas you can delegate out to others. If you look closely at how you spend your time, chances are you can find a few of those areas filling your already overloaded plate. For example, if you’re investing hours each week or month managing your schedule, it might be time to invest in an online scheduling app to delegate the tasks to others on your team. In doing so, you can ask for help but still keep a pulse on what’s happening with your staffing.


Reject Learning Something New (Unless You Want To)

Steve Jobs famously dropped out of college so he could take the classes he wanted to. He opted to learn what he wanted instead of being force fed curriculum he wasn’t interested in. He took courses that interested him and only put his energy toward learning the things he found fascinating. The rest of his legendary business was left up to others to run. That’s right. Steve Jobs rejected the idea of learning something new when he knew others could do it just as well, and likely better.


You don’t have to know everything. All you have to know how to do is ask for help. Reach out to people who are skilled in the areas you struggle with and leave those jobs up to someone else.


Stop Acting Like a Firefighter

No matter how hard you plan, things are bound to come up unexpectedly. People call in sick. People quit. The market throws curveballs your way. Consumer demand drops when you anticipated it was going to rise. No matter what the curveballs, you cannot afford to spend your days putting out fires. By hiring an assistant or right-hand man or woman to help, you can take the heat off yourself and avoid burning out.


Embrace Your Strongest Skills

Everyone excels in certain roles and less in others. Rather than spread yourself too thin trying to do it all, you’re better off embracing your strongest skills. Uncover your talents and then focus your time primarily on those. By leaning into the tasks you’re good at and delegating what you struggle to do, you’ll help yourself avoid falling into a rut, your business avoids mediocre output, and your team from working under a frazzled manager.



Author Profile Jon Forknell is the Vice President and General Manager of Atlas Business Solutions, Inc., a software marketing company specializing in employee scheduling software, including ScheduleBase employee scheduling software, and other business software solutions. In the past, Jon has been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Atlas Business Solutions was named as one of Software Magazine’s Top 500 Software Companies in 2004 through 2007, and 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

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