Always feeling like you are flying by the seat of your pants? Do you wait until projects or tasks are at near-crisis-level before even starting on them? It may be time to rein in your procrastination habits with these tips.
Do you understand the deadline Rule?
Parkinson’s Law states, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If you are not assigning deadlines to your projects, now is the time to start. Items with no due date will never have an urgency to get done. Period.
Do you operate best under pressure?
If you are simply NOT getting things done, that is a problem. But if you are one of those people who operate best under pressure by doing things last minute, this just may be the reality of how you work. Stop beating yourself up over it and move on.
***NOTE: The exception to this tip is if your procrastination is causing unhealthy situations like pulling all-nighters to get your work done. If that is the case, it’s time to take a hard look at your time management and make some adjustments ASAP.
Is your plate too full?
If you are consistently running out of time on a daily or even monthly basis, it’s possible you are taking on too much. Re-evaluate, delegate and hire help if needed.
What do you do to keep procrastination at bay?