How Procrastination Hinders Productivity by Pam Weiser
Procrastinate much? We all do it, and it hinders our productivity and success. Less productivity equals less achievement of our goals. Procrastination may make us feel better initially, because it creates space to do other things, but the longer you put things off, the more stress, overwhelm, and anxiety can, and probably will, creep in.
When you’re up against a deadline and rushed, the quality of your work will be sloppy. Because you’re rushed, you may make poor decisions. And about the stress you’re probably experiencing…Stress creates health issues - high blood pressure, anxiety, depression. Procrastinating increases negative emotions and making decisions in an emotional state isn’t good for your business (or your health). Do you need health issues? I’ll answer that for you…NO!
Here’s a list of tips to help you turn your procrastination into productivity.
Make a to-do list of the items you need to complete. Focus on the list and the important tasks at hand.
Get rid of your distractions. Turn off the phone and don’t log onto social media, unless it’s work related.
Break projects down into smaller specific tasks. If one project seems huge and daunting, break it down into 2 or 3 smaller, more manageable tasks which will be easier to complete. When you create a process to completion, you become more efficient and effective.
Ask for help. You don’t need to do everything yourself. Remember to focus on the highest level priorities. Paying someone to step in and do a project or help you occasionally for the smaller tasks will free up your time and will be worth the money.
Procrastination is just an excuse. Rise to the challenge, get motivated, and get your tasks done. The effects of a job well done and your good reputation far outweigh the effects of procrastination.
Still procrastinating? Let’s set up a quick call to see how I can support you in becoming more productive.
Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun, until you get the bill. - Christopher Parker