5 Signs Of Procrastination And How To Overcome It

5 Signs Of Procrastination And How To Overcome It

  • June 7, 2021

How do you know if you or any of your employees are procrastinators?

When faced with a decision to make or a task to complete, we usually rely on our self-control in order to push ourself to get things done.

There are also various demotivating factors that we can experience, which have an opposite effect than our motivation, meaning that they make us more likely to procrastinate. For example, anxiety, fear of failure, and other negative emotions can cause us to delay a task.

 

To identify the signs of procrastination, ask yourself/your employee the following questions:

  • Do you feel overwhelmed more often than not?
  • How is your time keeping? Are you often late?
  • Have you adapted to a ”I will do this tomorrow’ habit?
  • Do you usually wait until the very last minute to start a task?
  • Do you set your goals without executing them?

To overcome procrastination, you’ll have to be honest with yourself when answering these questions. The same applies when you’re coaching employees out of their procrastination habits, you have to highlight the importance of true, honest, self-reflection.

 

Here are some anti-procrastination techniques you can use and/or share with your team to help you grow out of the cycle:

  • Prioritise tasks based on how importance and urgency, using the Eisenhower matrix
  • Break large and overwhelming tasks into small and actionable pieces
  • Remove distractions from your work environment
  • Identify when you’re at your most and least productive, and schedule your tasks accordingly
  • Set intermediate deadlines for yourself on your way to your final goals
  • Reward yourself when you successfully implement your plan of action
  • Focus on your goals instead of on the tasks that you have to complete
  • Count to ten before you indulge the impulse to procrastinate
  • Avoid a perfectionist mindset by accepting that your work will have some flaws
  • Develop a belief in your ability to successfully overcome your procrastination

 

We all battle with procrastination from time to time. It’s about identifying it and recovering from it!

 

 

Written by Sahar Habib⠀