As I fumbled to shut off the alarm on my phone this morning, I saw “JANUARY 29th” in big letters across the screen.
How is it the end of January already?!
Typically, January is a slow sales month for me because I struggle to get into the swing of things after the holidays. This year has been no different. Add a business trip on top of the celebrations, and now I’m behind. Very behind.
Unfortunately, this is largely my fault. I’ve procrastinated on a number of things just hoping (even praying) they’d somehow get done without effort on my part. That’s not reality though. It won’t happen. We all have those tasks, meetings, and projects we procrastinate on, and they loom over us like a dark cloud. Most of the time procrastination causes us more stress as we scramble to get things done at the very last hour before they’re due. Frequently it doesn’t end up being our best work either. At least that’s how it works for me.
I procrastinate on doing laundry, taking in my dry-cleaning, and occasionally writing my bi-weekly blog. I’m not proud of any of that, and I want to make a conscious effort to improve this aspect of my life.
The best example of how procrastination has hurt me in the last week was for a video I needed to shoot. My staff needed the video to move on with their project, but it kept slipping down on my priority list. In essence, I was procrastinating getting it done. Everything was prepared for the video; I just had to make time to shoot it. It came down to the last day—the last three hours, actually—before the video needed to be done when I finally headed into the green room to shoot it. Low and behold, the camera wouldn’t turn on.
My procrastination on this project set back the rest of my team, and I feel horrible about it. The silver lining is that this was the last push I needed to realize it’s time for a change.
I have made a priority list of the tasks I typically procrastinate on, and I will make an honest effort to end my procrastination once and for all.
What tasks do you procrastinate on daily? Weekly? Monthly?
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