There will come a time where we realize we have the tools to do a job at work, just not the willpower to get it done!
You have now come face to face with procrastination.
If left unchecked, procrastination at work can be a career-killer! When it takes hold of you, you could find yourself completely unprepared to handle it.
In an infographic about procrastination from www.thegappartnership.com, there are two interesting statistics:
- People who procrastinate tend to drink more
- 46 percent of respondents say procrastination has a negative influence on their lives
Here are six tips to keep procrastination out of work and your life:
Have an idea of the work you need to do—visualize addressing the assignment. One of the biggest barriers of performance is losing track of what you are doing. When a job is not top-of-mind, you usually forget how significant it can be.
Decide to move.
Make the conscious decision to act. By concentrating on the work you need to do, you will arrive at a point where you just can’t wait another minute. When you finally decide to get started, you break through the sub-conscious wall that holds you back.
Break it down.
Every job is easier when divided into smaller, more manageable fragments. As the saying goes, every great journey begins with a single step. Divide the work into small steps, soon you will find yourself accomplishing all you need.
Timing is everything.
Start with a manageable chunk of time to work on the task—you can begin with as little as 15 minutes to get you started. Work on the project for that set period, taking credit for getting at least that much accomplished. It will be your first step to banishing procrastination. You will find that once the ball is rolling, everything else will come.
One day at a time.
As the Nike ads say—just do it! Every day is a win if you use the time to work toward a goal. Do something—anything—each day! This will expand your imagination and stimulate you to move forward. Success is a daily habit.
One last thing—don’t forget to have fun! Find pleasure in everything you do—anything from daily chores to your work, occupation or career. The more pleasure you get in doing a task, the less likely you will procrastinate.
Infographic after the jump…
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