Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The "Trap" of Procrastination

Many people claim they work best under pressure. Others sigh, resigned to their fate: "It's just the way I am; I've always been like this."

Procrastination does work for some people, often because others are always there to cover up, pitch in, pick up the slack, and do whatever it takes to get the project completed on time.  However, procrastination is devastating in terms of its overall effect on productivity in the workplace.  Weighing the consequences of procrastination against the benefits of good self-management may encourage you to incorporate more self-discipline into your work habits.

Have you ever put something off until the last minute because it seemed difficult, overwhelming, or just not something you wanted to do?  When you finally got it done, most likely it turned out to be not as bad as you thought!  When you just can't get started on a project, tell yourself that by just jumping in and beginning, you'll make some progress and won't feel so overwhelmed at the last minute.  Break a large project down into small, manageable tasks.  Make a list of those tasks and begin the first one right away.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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