We all procrastinate from time to time—the annual check up, hitting the gym, the trip to the accountant, remember studying for those exams? Yes, procrastination is part of our daily routine. And when we do we beat ourselves up about it.
But all procrastination isn’t bad. Sometimes it’s just our inner wisdom cautioning us to slow down and check our intentions, surroundings, facts and approach.
Yet unhealthy procrastination can start us down a path of formulating the habit of putting things off until later. You’ve heard of inertia right? Inertia is the tendency of an object at rest to stay at rest. Yikes, this is a slippery slope. Putting things off until later (until you’re rested, the kids are in bed, or your desk is clear) may seem like a good idea at first but it’s not. It especially won’t get you very far at work (unless it’s out the door). It’s also a terrible habit to form if you want more out of your career and life.
You know the old saying “Nothing worth achieving comes easy.”
It takes work to get results. So if you want to avoid the slow down of procrastination you’ll want to design a plan to get you there—wherever it is you want to go. Whether it means a new career, a million dollars in the bank or renewed health, it’s going to take a plan. Just the act of creating a plan is a huge step and it can be very motivating and invigorating.
But a plan won’t start itself. You need to drive it. So keep your plan top of mind and by all means find someone to hold you accountable to driving it.
Ahem, I’m your coach, so certainly tap into me for that piece of the puzzle. Having someone help you over the hurdles and stay motivated and focused on the prize will, yes, I said it, will help you get results.
How to Be Career Happy? Avoid Unhealthy Procrastination