We have all been there and we have all done that and are still doing it; you got it right: PROCRASTINATION! Don’t act surprised; you already knew this was coming from the title itself. Alright, now here’s a scenario: You have been asked to do a “task” and the time to complete it is reasonable BUT at the nearest time-frame we feel like we need more of that time. I know… I know, you and I both had decided to start on this “task” way before and have it completed ahead of deadline but guess what: WE PROCRASTINATED! Now, we have shit load of research to do and have other things crunching up our time and somehow every event, meeting, and party we get invited to, happens to fall on the same time-frame that we have finally decided to work. Am I right or Am I right?
But then, we being we complete the impossible and feel like some mad genius that despite the above we completed the “task”. Now, while that may be true; deep down we know that we could have possibly done it better; and of course we promise do it right the next time. Comes another “task” and the cycle repeats. This happens and you do not need to self-hate yourself for this; you just need to change your style of work. Here’s a few insights given by our featured guests on how to overcome “PROCRASTINATION”:
Who is getting HURT?
It is normal to push your work, lay back and enjoy; while a person can do this for countless hours; one needs to think about who in reality is going to get HURT! You can always make a lame ppt but whose image are you hurting in the long run? Yours and only yours as you will be the person who will always be pointed as the “lame presenter”.
The BIGGER PICTURE:
The next thing you can do is HAVE A CONSTANT REMINDER. NO, I am not talking about the reminders to get the grocery or getting your vehicles serviced. While that is important too; I am talking about another kind of reminder which is that of reminding yourself of the BIGGER PICTURE. WHY are you paying such little attention to your ppt? WHY are you attending every business seminars and events? WHY are you having meetings with people on Saturdays? Your “WHY” should be answered in both the short term basis and the long term basis.
While having a lot at your desk can make you feel “THE MOST RESPONSIBLE” person in the room; you should also understand that it can be overwhelming and while in the process of multi-tasking you might not reach your quality of work. For this, make small goals and take baby steps and achieve these small tasks and when you connect these small dots it will have made a huge line (or any shape of your preference) meaning you will have achieved the big goal/task that you were set out to do.
How INTERESTED Are you?
YES, it is a matter of interest. Like, you can be interested in one thing and may be you are not that interested and committed in another. The wise decision is to step back because you will not give it your all because of lack of interest. Instead take something that gets you excited and give your all in that ELSE you will have worked on making more excuses than getting the actual work done.
A SHORT NOTE:
Now, I am not all saint and YES at times I do keep my work at bay but then I get back on and do what I need to. How do I overcome? I will be sharing my way of avoiding procrastination on the next issue which will be on Friday; so stay tuned. I will be taking you through the whole 24 hours of it. As for now, drop by a comment and let me know how you avoid procrastination and squeeze the most of our day.
Written by Sagar