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Don’t Know What To Delegate? Here’s a 4-Step Process to Help You Decide

Figure out what tasks to delegate — and hire the right person for the job — using this easy 4-step process.
You’re swamped with work and want to hire a Filipino virtual assistant to take some tasks off your plate. There’s just one teeny tiny problem: you’re not really sure what to delegate.

Not knowing what to delegate can have major consequences. You could end up hiring the wrong person or waste time doing tasks that could've been done by someone else.

In this post, we'll help you identify what tasks to assign — and how to choose the right person for the job.

Let's jump right in:

Step 1: List down all the tasks that you do in a day

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Knowing what to delegate begins with an audit of your tasks. This process helps you see where and how you spend your time. It's also a great way to check for timesucks or activities that don't contribute to your overall business growth.

How to do it

Get a notepad or open a document on your computer. List everything that you do throughout the day, from work-related tasks to personal chores. Take note of each task’s duration, too.

Do this for a week — or up to a month, if you like — to get a good grasp of what takes up most of your time.

Step 2: Review your tasks

Once the week is up, take your list and review:

  • What tasks should be eliminated? These are tasks that are neither important nor urgent. Busy work like scrolling social media or going to long meetings without a clear agenda should be eliminated from your schedule altogether.
  • What tasks can be automated? Automation tools can save you hours each week. Automate small, recurring tasks like social media scheduling, email flows, and invoice filing.
  • What are the tasks that only you can do? These are the tasks that need your specific attention or expertise. No one else in your organization can do them for you. Think of important tasks that involve top-level decision-making like hiring an operations manager or business development.

  • What tasks should you delegate? Finally, we have the tasks that you can — and should — delegate. These tasks can't be eliminated or automated, but they don't require your specific expertise either. Examples include setting appointments, paying bills, overseeing day-to-day operations, or bookkeeping. You can take these tasks off your plate and delegate them to someone with the right skills, expertise, or training instead.


Are there any tasks that you don’t like doing or aren’t particularly good at? This is a great opportunity to delegate these tasks!

Use the Eisenhower Matrix to help you decide

If you're still having a tough time sorting out your tasks, try using the Eisenhower Matrix. It's a time management tool that helps you prioritize tasks according to importance and urgency.

The Eisenhower matrix divides tasks into 4 quadrants:
  • Q1: Important and urgent - these are critical assignments that you need to attend to immediately. Putting them off can lead to serious consequences for your business. Examples include “putting out fires”, crisis management, and meeting important deadlines.
  • Q2: Important but not urgent - Quadrant 2 is all about "planting seeds" — you won't see immediate results after accomplishing these tasks, but they're essential for long-term growth. Q2 tasks don't have fixed deadlines, but doing them will set you up for the future. Carve out time for these tasks.
  • Q3: Not important but urgent - These tasks need immediate attention, but they don't require your specific expertise. Delegate or automate these.
  • Q3: Neither important nor urgent - lastly, eliminate tasks that are neither important nor urgent.

Based on the Eisenhower Matrix, you should be doing Q1 tasks, while scheduling enough time for important but not urgent (Q2) tasks. Tasks under Q3 should be delegated or automated, while Q4 tasks should be taken off your plate completely.

Once you determine the tasks that you can delegate, it’s time for step 3: finding the right person to do the job.

Learn more: What tasks can you outsource to the Philippines?

Step 3: Hiring the best person for the job

What type of assistant do you need to hire based on the tasks that you want to delegate? Do you need a generalist or someone with a more specific skill set?

Here’s how to decide:

Review your delegable tasks and see if you can find a pattern. Are they mostly administrative, like data entry or file management? Do you need help accomplishing personal errands like scheduling a visit to the dentist or booking flights? Or maybe the tasks fall under a certain skill or theme like finance, design, or content creation?

For general business-related tasks, hire a virtual administrative assistant

They can help you complete a variety of small but time-consuming tasks for your business like:

For business-related and personal tasks, hire an executive assistant

Executive assistants can help you complete daily tasks like appointment setting and email management. Aside from work-related stuff, you can also delegate more personal tasks to an EA, like booking a flight, paying your bills, or ordering birthday gifts for family members.

For tasks that fall under a certain skill category, hire a specialist

See a skill pattern or theme in the tasks that you need to delegate? Hire someone with the right skill set. For example, if you see a lot of finance tasks, you might need to hire an accountant, or if you need lots of help with your Youtube channel, a video editor might make more sense versus hiring a general VA.

Related: 12 unique roles you didn’t think you could outsource to remote Filipino staff

Step 4: Decide if you need to hire them full-time or part-time

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Now that you know what tasks to delegate and who to assign them to, the only thing left to do is to decide whether you need to hire a full-time assistant, a part-timer, or a freelancer.

Take a look at the frequency of the tasks and ask yourself:

  • Is the workload consistent?
  • Do you need someone to help you with long-term projects?
  • Do you have the time to onboard and train your assistant?
  • Are you looking for someone to fully take ownership of a certain role in your company?
  • Are you willing and able to provide benefits?

If your answer is yes to any of these questions, hiring a full-time remote employee is your best bet.

On the other hand, if the workload varies from time to time, or you just need help with a few short-term projects, you might be better off hiring a part-timer or freelancer.

Learn more: The benefits of hiring full-time staff

Set yourself up for delegation success

And there you have it: 4 easy steps to determine what tasks to hand off to a remote assistant!

We hope that this simple but effective process helps you zero in on the tasks that you need to delegate, hire the best person for the job, and ultimately buy back your time.

To learn more about the art of delegation, sign up for our free course, The Delegation Leap. You'll get proven tips on how to:

  • create effective SOPs
  • integrate your assistant into your daily routine
  • offload more complex tasks
  • and set yourself up for delegation success

Sign up here for free!

FAQs about delegating tasks to remote Filipino employees

What tasks should not be delegated?

You should avoid delegating tasks that need your specific expertise or level of authority. It's also best to personally attend to urgent and important tasks that directly impact your business.

How do I know what to delegate?

Start by doing an audit of everything you currently do. If the task can't be automated or eliminated from your schedule but doesn't need your specific expertise, you should assign it to someone else.

What are some examples of delegation?

You can delegate a wide range of tasks to remote Filipino talent. Here are some examples of the tasks that you can delegate:

How do you determine when a task should be delegated?

A task should be delegated if :

  • it doesn't require your specific input or expertise
  • it's urgent but not important
  • it's small but recurring
  • it can be done more efficiently by an expert
  • It doesn’t fit your job description anymore

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