Vincy Workplace
April 8, 2016
Procrastination disease or decision

WHAT MAKES workers procrastinate? At times it seems like procrastination is almost a contagious disease that does not discriminate and attacks regardless of position or industry. While we would like to believe that theory when we are guilty, procrastination is always a decision. It is consciously deciding to postpone a task when the consequence of doing the task doesn’t appear to be significant. Generally, people procrastinate for one of the following reasons.{{more}}

The Pain Factor: Humans will avoid pain at all cost; that’s how we are built and to some people, delaying a task is equal to avoiding the pain of doing the task. It’s the old out of sight out of mind concept. This isn’t a very effective strategy, because even though the pain is avoided temporarily, the brain becomes preoccupied with the thought and causes unnecessary stress.

Lack of Urgency:

We all place priorities on what needs to be done and sometimes there is no real urgency to get a task done. Obviously, we do what’s most important to us first and everything else gets postponed until their importance increases. Operating in this manner is problematic, as we tend to always have critical matters before us and little time for anything else.

The Creativity Factor: There are some people who genuinely believe that they are at their best when they are up against a deadline and time is of the essence. This type of individual thrives on the adrenaline needed to beat the odds and produce in spite of the deadline. Unfortunately, it could be disastrous for a project if this type of person is asked to work with an individual who likes to plan ahead and begin on time. This also is ultimately very stressful and leaves no room for real breakthrough creativity.

Regardless of why you procrastinate, most people, including the procrastinators, are bothered by the habit. Make every effort on a daily basis to cut back on the number of duties you push aside or put off until later. Later will be here sooner than you expect.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to [email protected]

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