Do you prefer to do everything yourself? Do you get overwhelmed because you do too much? I’ve been guilty of not asking for help because it seems like it’s faster, easier, or less complicated if I just do it myself. I’ve learned that this isn’t always beneficial. If you find it difficult to enlist help, the pros and cons lists might help you shift your perspective.
Enlisting Help: The “Pros”
- Benefit by another person’s expertise, wisdom, and creativity
- Focus on using the best of self by delegating tasks that are less interesting
- More time to spend on what’s most important
- Learn new skills
- Move past being stuck and overwhelmed
- Accomplish more because of delegating and accountability
Enlisting Help: The “Cons”
- Have to clarify and explain needs
- Help might not be the right fit (person or profession)
- Work might not get done exactly as you would do it
- Have to let go of some control
- Need to manage, set boundaries, and expectations
- Might feel embarrassed to ask for help
Learning how to ask for help, knowing when you need it, and finding the right type of help can be tremendously useful skills to hone. All of the “cons” listed have a positive side. For example, enlisting help can be disappointing and ineffectual if it’s not the right fit. Let’s say you are looking to hire a professional organizer to help organize your home office. It’s worth getting referrals from friends or resources like NAPO or ICD. Contact more than one professional so that you can select the one best suits your personality, budget, and needs. Doing research will give you a better chance of finding that right fit.
Think about areas you are struggling with. Would you benefit by enlisting help from a family member, friend, or professional that you trust? What’s your next step? Come join the conversation and share a pro, con, or next step.