BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - PROCRASTINATION
This is the 28th of a series of newsletters published on Business Management and Management Skills. Not all topics will apply to your business, but each section will be beneficial to establish company goals and objectives. By reading and studying these newsletter articles, youre taking the first step in achieving your goals.
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Procrastinate - The definition of the word procrastinate is to put off doing until a future time, to postpone habitually, or to delay needlessly.
Preventing Procrastination - The following reasons for procrastination will no longer be a problem if you identify them and deal directly with them realistically:
Sometimes procrastination is a warning signal, a way to tell you that this is not the right thing to do or that it is a waste of time and doesn't need doing. When, for whatever reason, you find that you continue to avoid important tasks, identify what youre doing instead, and cut off your escape routes. If you chronically procrastinate and find you can't cut off the escape routes, ask yourself the following questions:
Under what circumstances would you be motivated to do what needs
to be done?
Listen carefully to your answer. Don't try to modify it. Think about what's stopping you from going on with what you need to do. If youre honest with yourself, you may recognize that youre not willing to work as long or hard as it takes to get the job done. You may not have scheduled enough free time for yourself. You may not be willing to do some of the tasks your work entails. In any case, now you have to face the truth because you are the boss. If youre unable to solve your own problems, to manage yourself, what will your future hold?
Do you enjoy your work? If the honest answer is "no," it's no wonder youre having difficulty getting yourself to do the tasks involved. If you really don't like your work, seriously consider finding different work.
The Dangers of Overworking:
One last word of advice, protect your free time. Everyone needs to take time for relaxation and having fun. Engage in hobbies or other pursuits that you enjoy. Don't become a workaholic.
Mike Holts Comment: I would like to extend a special thank you to L.W. Brittian, a Mechanical & Electrical Instructor in Lott, Texas, for reviewing and editing the various articles in these newsletters. His comments and suggestions have been invaluable in the preparation of my Business Management and Management Skills Workbook. This newsletter article was extracted from that workbook. Watch for our next newsletter, and as always, we invite your comments and feedback. Send us your real-life experiences. We value your opinions and participation. Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org. And be sure to visit Mike Holts Website at http://www.mikeholt.com
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