English humorist Douglas Adams once joked "I love deadlines. I
like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Easy to make jokes when
being funny is your job but at most workplaces procrastination is no laughing
matter. Time is valuable; if we spend it putting off important tasks, it's
So let's jump
right in. Are you a procrastinator?
We all know what procrastination looks like: putting off until
tomorrow what we should do today. Yet some forms of procrastination are more
subtle. Often we busy ourselves with small tasks rather than tackling high
Do you ever:
If you answered yes (like I did) to any of those, you are a
procrastinator. Need help determining if you're a major or a minor
procrastinator? Mind Tools has a helpful Are You a
Recognizing you are a procrastinator is
the first step in tackling the why-do-today-what-you-can-put-off-until-tomorrow
attitude that derails productivity and decision-making.
So why procrastinate? Common reasons include:
For a more in-depth look at the emotional and psychological reasons
people procrastinate, we've collected some useful articles:
Tips to Stop
Now to the good stuff. How to
stop procrastinating once and for all.
To begin, set the stage. Visualize the unpleasant
consequences of not doing the task. Empower others to check up on you; positive
peer pressure is a motivating force. Once you've set up your stick, be sure to
find your carrot. Reward yourself for accomplishing goals. What I have found is
thinking about all the things I have to do causes 'mental stress', which
magically disappears once the task is done!
Get Organized, Get Going
Looking for more tips? We've
collected some terrific resources:
So kick the
procrastination habit for good. What are you waiting for?
Do you have road-tested
anti-procrastination tips to share? How do you motivate yourself to tackle
tough projects? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter
by Candie Harris
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.