If you have ever felt unfocused or disoriented at work this is for you. Everyone goes through those moments when they know they have a deadline but keep putting it off until the last moment. Procrastination has probably followed you throughout your life and now is the time to do something about it. Procrastination tends to afflict its victims when they are stressed or overwhelmed. Distracting themselves with other activities becomes a defense mechanism. Brazen Careerist highlights 7 ways to combat procrastination and become a more productive employee.
1. Name the challenge and the goal.
Writing down the specific task youâ€™ve been putting off helps you get focused. For example, â€śI have to convert all of my client contacts and notes into the new CRM software system and learn how to navigate its tools and folders.â€ť
Now, elaborate on that task. Whatâ€™s your goal? For example, â€śI want to be familiar with this new software so itâ€™s a useful tool, not an impediment to my progress.â€ť
Having a precise goal will help you get motivated.
2. Pinpoint your emotions.
This step helps you understand the act ofÂ procrastinating for what it truly is: an emotional reaction.Whatâ€™sÂ really preventing you from diving in to this task?
To use the above example, maybe youâ€™re intimidated by all the new bells and whistles youâ€™ll have to learn (fear). Or maybe youâ€™re cranky about having to do this when the old system wasnâ€™t broken and worked perfectly well (anger). Or perhaps youâ€™re bummed that youâ€™re just not tech savvy (sadness). The emotions behind procrastination usually fall into these three categories.
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