Standard Operating Procedure (8/12)

We all have a unique set of skills and experience, and we’ve perfected many processes to such an extent that it seems like a waste of time delegating. We might think that empowering, answering questions and then fixing the mistakes of a subordinate is more time consuming and stressful than doing the job ourselves.

For each repeatable task, there will be shortcuts and valuable lessons that we’ve learned through experience and trial and error. If we document our process in a remarkably detailed standard operating procedure (SOP), we can pass our abilities onto other people. With a step by step SOP, including images, videos, screenshots and anything else to make the task straightforward, we can pass the work onto those whose work time is far less valuable. After all, everyone has the same basic skills (sight, touch etc.), and each step in the process is usually straightforward when broken down.

Contributors: Jason Lavis from Natural Resource Professionals Ltd 

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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