Delegating and Adulting
We’ve got 3 highlights for you today
- How to delegate
- What we wish we’d learned in school
- Life advice from the Executive Chairman at Google
Reminder – Elaine snagged a special deal for ya’ll this week. You can get 12 issues of The Economist for just $12.
Let it go
No… not the song. Although it is a pretty great one…
Learning when to let things go is important in countless aspects of life. As someone with a very Type A personality, it’s really hard to let things go, especially when it comes to school and work. I’m a perfectionist, and when deadlines loom, I’m often working till the last minute to get every piece perfect.
Group projects are my own personal nightmare, because I have to relinquish some control over the tasks and end results. I had tons of group assignments in my college courses, and I currently work with several teams on different projects as well.
But I’ve figured it out
We’ve all heard the phrase “if you want it done right, do it yourself” in some variation or another. Honestly, that’s how I’ve operated in most of my assignments and jobs throughout my life so far.
Here’s the thing though: I hit my breaking point. I can’t do it all. I got to a point during one semester where I was staying up regularly till around 3:00am to do whole group projects myself, then struggling to stay awake in class or having mini-breakdowns in the bathroom between classes. It wasn’t sustainable, and while it took me a while, I’ve accepted that things can be less than perfect and still be okay.
So here’s my advice to you
Stop before you get to that point. Learn how to delegate. Whether it’s a team member, a classmate, a coworker, or an employee that’s helping you out, let it go. Let them do it – and let them mess up! They might make mistakes, but mistakes help everyone to learn how to do things better in the future.
Learn what you’re the best at and take ownership of tasks related to that. Let others take on the rest, and take a deep breath.
How… do I do that?
Adulting is hard.
Honestly, school prepares you for a lot of the basics, the general education you need to be a functional human in society. But once you’re done with high school or college and you’re thrust into the working world, you realize just how much you don’t know… that you’re basically expected to know.
What we wish we’d learned
My first tax season after school was so daunting. I didn’t know what to do with myself – I had financial aid I had to deal with, I had held 3-4 jobs within that year, and moved twice across the country. I had no idea where to begin.
A good credit score was relatively easy to build up during college, but that was because I’d applied for a very basic credit card before I started school and read all about how to use it without racking up loads of debt. Not everyone has that when they graduate, but you need a credit score to get apartments and leases and jobs.
As I mentioned, I moved across the country. Twice. In one year. To places where I knew no one. When I was in school, I made friends based on shared classes and clubs. Those don’t exist as an adult, and making friends in new places can be stressful.
There are plenty of internet resources out there to help you with these adulting struggles. And we’ve found a list, just for you:
In the News This Week:
Skynet is real: Facebook has been working on some artificial intelligence (AI) stuff. Recently some AI chatbots of theirs started developing their own language. They shut that down pretty quick…
In with the new: the US senate has confirmed Christopher Wray as the new FBI director by a 92-5 vote.
Legalization: while marijuana is legal in several states throughout the US, it’s still federally illegal – but Sen. Cory Booker introduced legislation to make it legal nationwide.
Weird College Jobs: Student Call Center
Remember when you were a kid and your home phone would ring, and your mom would look at the caller ID and say “Ugh, don’t answer that”? Or maybe your dad would naively pick up the same type of call, only to end up sighing uncomfortably or bickering with the person on the other end. Yep, telemarketers. This is no child’s dream job. However, it could be a college student’s most convenient job. Student call centers and alumni calling centers are programs on campus run by a university that hire students to call alumni for updated contact information, news about campus improvements, and, of course, donations.
A.K.A.: my new part time weird college job.
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