We have all had a point at work where we have put something off. It could be a project, or a report, or a task that we just didn’t want to get started. There are lots of excuses we use when we just don’t want to do whatever it is we need to do. According to Christina DesMarais in Inc.com, the common denominator of procrastination is dread. So whether you are afraid of failing, which leads to paralysis, or say you work better under a deadline (which is an excuse in itself), or are a perfectionist and think you can’t perfect the task, disorganized or just plain depressed, there are ways to avoid procrastination.
Change your workplace. If your desk is covered with distractions, go somewhere else to work.
Unplug. Stay off the internet and stay on task.
Do one project at a time. Don’t do five projects at once, as none will get done in a timely fashion.
No social networking. Stay off Facebook and Twitter and Pintrest and any other social media site.
Make a to-do list. Make a list of things to do, and then stick to the list.
Give yourself a deadline. Tell someone you don’t want to let down when a project will be done.
Following some of the tips above will help you avoid putting off the things that need to get done. Procrastinating in the work place has a ripple effect on any organization as well as a career killer. You can read Ms DesMarais article here.
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