Are you an Entrepreneur having too much to do, having a task list that seems to be packed with things you simply don’t want to do but have to do. Whichever you might be, one thing is common: you are procrastinating.
Procrastination is the habit of leaving work not done or half done while you pursue other interests. To some degree everyone procrastinates but some make it a point not to do the work required for various reasons.
Productivity suffers when a person procrastinates. Not only that, but he/she may experience some feelings of depression, stress, self-hatred and guilt – all because he/she refused to do the work when it was needed. Frequently, a person who procrastinates attempts to dodge the issue by doing a lot of tasks which have nothing to do with the work that needs to be done.
People procrastinate for various reasons. They may simply avoid the necessary task because it is hard to do or it doesn’t appeal to them. They may not have the capacity to prioritize tasks, or perhaps take on too many tasks at one time. The work might have become routinary so the individual is bored. The work might be overwhelming, or too complex for that particular person. Other reasons could be that the individual finds it hard to concentrate, or has a fear about the task (so he uses up more time and energy being anxious than actually working on the problem.) Some would have negative thoughts that get in the way of doing the work. There is also the fear of failure or fear of success (which both have corresponding consequences.) Or the individual could have met failure before on a similar task, thus making him believe that he can never succeed at the new task. This is related to having a perfectionist mentality, where one maintains unrealistic standards. Some people may have never been taught how to look for solutions to real-life problems while they were in school, or lived with their parents. Lastly, they may lack time management skills.
So what can be done about procrastination? A person who wants to eliminate his problem with procrastination has to improve on his time-management and organisational skills. He should try to gain more in-depth awareness of the emotional or personal causes of his procrastination. An individual may absorb these skills and practice regularly so that procrastination may be reduced and eventually eliminated. Coaching works by allowing you to comprehend then amend the emotional or personal facets of your habit of procrastination.
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