Some people will do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Recognising the problems associated with procrastination is half the battle
If you are absolutely flat out, you haven’t got a minute to spare; then what you are really saying is that you are 100% efficient. You can guess what the answer to that is?
We all procrastinate at some time or another, so how do you recognise a procrastinator? Here are some things to look for?
- They keep putting things off, it becomes a habit.
- They avoid difficult tasks.
- They avoid tasks they don’t like.
- They are always in dreamland.
- They don’t have a plan.
- They are pre-occupied with family issues.
- They are pre-occupied with health and well-being issues.
- They have stale relationships.
- They avoid social contact, even on the telephone.
- They are not on top of their job; they are always seen to be behind.
- They never follow through.
- They are always complaining about their problems and frustrations.
- They are always tired, or sick.
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it”. Olin Miller
- They are always complaining about someone or something.
- They are always blaming someone else.
- They never seem to have any time.
- They start putting on weight.
- They feel isolated and loneliness takes over.
- They always have excuses for poor performances.
- They tend to smoke and overuse
- They don’t take up a good opportunity.
- They have a poor lifestyle that they feel they can’t change.
- They don’t heed warnings and avoid
- They have a poor attitude towards their job and the organisation.
- They lack creativity and innovation have no meaning.
- They tend to be doing the same old job, in the same old way.
- They have always got a worried or guilty look on their face.
- They are always starting something but never follow through.
- They are always complaining about the people they work with.
- They generally show no entrepreneurial attributes.
- Their performance is rarely up to scratch.
- They only use technology to play games.
- They think having a holiday is their only answer, to relieve the pressure they feel.
Procrastination is relatively easy to spot. A procrastinator will tend to avoid doing a task that needs to be done. Their focus is on doing more pleasurable ‘stuff’ in place of less pleasurable but important tasks. They will carry out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, putting off tasks they find difficult or don’t like to a later time.
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Do not let procrastination get control of your life. While there are some temporary advantages of procrastination, don’t let it creep up on you. Here are some signs procrastination might creeping up on you.
- Helps you to avoid new responsibilities when you are overloaded.
- Satisfies the need to escape and reclaim your composure.
- It’s nice to be relaxed and out of control, occasionally.
- Procrastination is a precursor to a good rest.
Procrastination is probably the No. 1 biggest cause of time wasting. The trick is to identify when you are procrastinating and then knowing the action needed to stop it.