As a project manager, your tasks are many and often complicated. You also have to contend with deadlines. It may look like the job is impossible to complete on deadline, but if you’ve mastered the art of delegation, you can easily complete the job on or before the deadline.
Before you start a project, outline the tasks it takes to complete the job. You should already know your co-workers and employees and their strengths and weaknesses. If not, this is a good time to learn. Hold a meeting to determine which person best fits certain tasks.
Draft a chart with the tasks at the top. Assign each task to an employee or co-worker by writing their names under the respective tasks. If you do not have documentation in place regarding how each co-worker or employee should report to you, set this up so that each employee or co-worker knows whether to complete a task and bring the finished product to you or whether each person should check in with you throughout the process.
You may also require meetings throughout the project so that each person may give you a status update on his or her progress. Meetings also help everyone involved in the project to know where others stand on their tasks, which could be important of one task needs to be completed before it can be integrated with another task or if the tasks overlap each other.
When using delegation to complete a complex project, you must also be careful not to micromanage each person, as that could take more time than actually doing the entire project yourself.