Quick! Did you see it? There's a big, scary monster hiding under your desk waiting to sabotage your work day. It's not a dust bunny gone rogue or a stray piece of trash; it's a real, ominous monster looming above you waiting to ruin your day. This monster is the worst monster of them all: Panic.
Let's get to know a little more about Panic.
We all have tasks: daily tasks, weekly tasks, yearly tasks, that keep us busy. Some of us get these tasks done right away and others, well, not so much. We call these "others" procrastinators. They are the same people who waited until hours before class to start the assignment, work well under pressure, and drive anyone with any type of respect for a schedule, insane.
So what makes a procrastinator procrastinate?
A quick glance inside a procrastinator's mind will help us understand their maddening approach to getting things done. A non-procrastinator is driven by simple logic to accomplish their tasks at hand. Why do they get things done? Because they need to be done. It's a simple as that.
A procrastinator also has this thought process. But in addition to understand simple logic, there is another player living in a procrastinator's mind: instant gratification. A procrastinator may have every intention of starting and completing a task but is quickly derailed by outside forces.
Now, back to that monster hiding under your desk. At some point every procrastinator's logic kicks back in and they realize that their task is now due in an alarmingly short amount of time. That awful feeling sets over them and kicks them in to overdrive to get it done. That feeling is called Panic. The heart racing, cold sweat inducing, pit in your stomach sense of, "Oh shoot that needs to be done and needed to be done yesterday," drives procrastinators to completion.
The monster living under your desk is called Panic. The Panic Monster is a real threat to any professional. It can derail your effectiveness and efficiency in the workplace, limit your opportunity for advancement, and make your life miserable.
But there is good news.
It doesn't have to be this way for the rest of your life. By accepting that you currently procrastinate you can begin to practice new behaviors to correct this cycle of panic. Here are some tips for breaking the cycle:
The video below provides great comedic insight into the mind of a procrastinator. As we enter the last 2 months of 2017, do not let your goals slip away. If you're struggling with procrastination, or other business challenges, contact us!
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