Many years ago I worked in a mortgage company's office, after being hired by a previous business acquaintance. She was excited about my employment there as she knew that I followed through on tasks. But the reality was quite different. She could not let go of anything! I had to hunt down work from other departments because I had little to do, and yet my supervisor was overwhelmed with work. She refused to give up control or power to anyone else!.
I've had occasional Lightseeds clients who are so busy they cannot take the time to look at their task lists and delegate work. And yet 30 to 60 minutes set aside monthly, which would take very little time away from needed work, would allow them to delegate several hours of work from their to-do lists, and free that needed time to not only catch up, but to grow.
Both in business offices and my own practice, I have also experienced the employer or client who simply doesn't know where to begin. The thread is so tangled they can't find the end! Set aside a bit of time to confer with your delegatee (whether an employee, associate, virtual assistant, or volunteer) to brainstorm ways to be most effective as a delegator. Together you can establish priorities, timelines and deadlines, and any needed processes.
You can learn to be an effective delegator, taking the overload from your own desk so you can continue to work on what you rock at doing, what you should be doing.