I’ll spare you the storytelling set-up paragraph. If you found the title intriguing enough to get this far you can probably tell your own story about how frustrating it is to procrastinate. Here are two steps to stop procrastinating.
You sit down at your desk in the morning and have every intention of working on most important task on your to do list. But before you get started you decide to make a quick check into email or maybe your social media feed, a news website or your favorite blog. Something you see while doing this rooting around inspires you to check out a related news site or perhaps something on YouTube. And you’re off. Off to the land of “Where the hell did the morning, go?”
The ideas in the article linked below aren’t your run-of-the-mill suggestions about how to be more productive. It isn’t always about a better task list — you have to be in the right mindset to deliver your best. You can try several of these and still only be adding a few minutes to your morning routine. Others take a bit more time, but pay off in the long run.
See if these describe you or someone with whom you work…
Procrastinate: That thing that you don’t want to do isn’t going to be any more appealing if you put it off for hours, days or weeks. Do it or decide you’ll never do it but quit avoiding it and making yourself miserable.
Hoard information: Being the holder of all of the information simply means other people on the team are in the dark. A team that’s working half in the dark can’t reach the goal in any kind of timely or profitable way. Having more information doesn’t make you more valuable.
You have a horrible client who is not only demanding, but rude and dismissive as well. Your manager, believing that this client’s business is very important, does nothing. If it was your company you’d fire the client, but it’s not your company. You know from past experience that your boss will never do anything to help the situation. Sure, once in awhile she tells you she knows how awful it is, but the situation never changes. Getting up the nerve for you to say something to the client would be pretty much impossible. But even it were possible it would probably result in a reprimand in your personnel file, a demotion or getting fired — and you need this job.
What do you do?
Yes. And no. According to a recent study, work time spent engaged in watching games, talking about teams, filling out brackets, etc., will cost U.S. companies $134 million in lost wages in just the first two days of the tournament and over $1 billion per hour in total.
That assumes that in months without the NCAA tournament as a distraction, all those hours would be spent productively.
Not so fast.
The worker who has their head down