Procrastination in the workplace is real. Joseph Ferrari, PhD, professor of psychology and international researcher in procrastination studies shares that “20 percent of U.S. men and women are chronic procrastinators. They delay at home, work, school and in relationships”.

There are many reasons (excuses?) for procrastinating as well as impacts to the business:

  • Feelings of being over-whelmed
  • A task being too large
  • A task taking too much time
  • A task viewed as unpleasant
  • A task viewed as difficult
  • Unclear expectations
  • Indecisive approaches for completion
  • Fear of not getting the task “right”

  • Relationships
  • Trust
  • Missed deadlines
  • Productivity
  • Promotions
  • Goal attainment
  • Stress!

We all suffer from procrastination at some time or another (some of us more frequently than others). This basically means that we choose to postpone doing a task or action and instead make the decision to ignore priority items and choose to spend our time on tasks that require less time to complete or ones we find more enjoyable.

Tips that help:
  • When procrastinating, the best thing you can do is to admit it 
  • Next, understand the priorities of your business
  • Assess what causes you to put things off
  • Control distractions/disruptions
  • Do the toughest tasks first (or the ones required to attain goals)
  • Break the unpleasant tasks into small pieces
  • Delegate the task to someone who may enjoy doing it
  • Don’t be a perfectionist

Addressing procrastination requires awareness; reflect on your reasons for your delays and create a plan that will move you forward (and don’t hesitate to engage your leader for guidance).  


Mike and Jan

You may delay, but time will not.
–Benjamin Franklin

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