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Enlisting Help: 12 Pros & Cons

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.




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Reader Comments (12)

Great points.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterColette Robicheau

Thanks so much, Colette. Are there any pros or cons you'd like to add to the list? Feel free to add more if you'd like to.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Had to add this one that Sue West @Space4U just shared with me on Twitter. She said that it takes courage to hire support, which is both a pro and a con. Love this perspective, viewing it from different angles. Also I like the acknowledgment of the "courage" piece. Making changes, stepping outside our comfort zone takes courage. Thank you, Sue!

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I've realized that not only do I not enjoy housework, I'm really not that good at it, so yesterday I had a professional cleaner for the very first time. *Doing the happy dance* Makes me wonder why I waited so long...

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Love this, Janet! So I guess that with enlisting help there are two important parts: 1. The ability to recognize a need 2. The willingness to reach out. What is so lovely about your experience is the positive outcome you had. I can see you now doing your "happy dance." So you asked the question, "why I waited so long?" What prompted you to take action?

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Several factors led me to this point, but the main trigger was adopting a dog. After going through our first shedding season, I really didn't want to deal with that again (and again and again) without help to stay on top of it!

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Incredible how our pets can be the catalysts for insights. Our black lab, Norton, now gone, was a constant source of love, grounding, inspiration, and fun. Even long after his passing, his energy and doggy wisdom keeps on giving.

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

On that note, I think you will enjoy reading Life Lessons Learned from Dusty

August 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Thanks so much, Janet for sharing you wonderful memories and lesson learned from Dusty. We never forget the special beings in our lives.

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Oh yes - they cost us a lot of time, money, and energy, but it is all worth it.

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Another pro (when not simply delegating tasks): Working with someone else to get something done can make the job more fun than if you did it alone!

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia Anderson

Fun is an important "pro" for enlisting help, Cecilia. Thank you for bringing that to the conversation. Since many of my clients are challenged by the organizing piece in their lives, and feel additionally stressed during organizing sessions, I'm always looking for ways to lighten the mood and introduce that "fun factor." Music, dancing, laughter and the energy we get from interacting together can make all the difference.

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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