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What is procrastination?

Procrastination is the habit of delaying or putting off doing something that should be done right away. Everyone procrastinates sometimes. But when people procrastinate, they run the risk of jeopardizing their projects and off course their own reputations.

Procrastination also add unnecessary stress.

Putting off tasks doesn’t mean they disappear – those unfinished jobs often weigh on people’s minds. The last-minute scramble to complete high-priority items creates chaos and increases the likelihood of errors. Plus, it cause your ‘panic monkey’ to go out of control and often if not always, the outcome is unsatisfactory.

Because people procrastinate for different reasons, different strategies are useful for overcoming the problem:

  • What if the task are unpleasant or uninteresting
    • Delegate the task to someone who doesn’t find it unpleasant.
    • Admit you’re procrastinating—and then get the job done.
    • Envision how good you’ll feel once you’ve completed the task.
    • Schedule the task in a way that makes turning back impossible or costly. For example, commit to paying a contract worker for a job, starting on a specific date.
    • Consider the impact of not completing the task on your coworkers or on your other projects.
  • What if you are in fear of failure
    • If you lack the training or resources needed to complete an assignment, get the help you need.
    • If your fear stems from lack of self-confidence, defuse it by listing all the tasks you have to do to complete the job. You’ll likely find that you know how to do most of them.
    • Start with something you know. Any kind of movement on the task can help dispel fear.
  • What to do if you not sure where to start?
    • Jump in anywhere. You’ll likely find a productive way forward.
    • Break a difficult or overwhelming task into smaller, manageable ones.
    • At the end of the day, spend a few minutes on a task you want to work on the next morning. For example, you may jot down some notes about a report you need to write. The next day, you’ll probably find it easier to continue working on the project than if you hadn’t already started it.

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