How can I deal with Procrastination at work?

If most of us are honest we have all procrastinated at some point in our lives; we’ve put off doing a task because we believe there is a better time to do it, or we have thoughts that we believe that prevent us from doing it.

Putting off tasks, even tasks that we think are trivial can have a knock-on effect in our lives. Sometimes we are not even aware of the effects as there are subtle, sometimes these effects can be more visible.

For any of you who have completed the SEJ For Business training, you will have seen the example that I shared with you around an experience that I had in my working life a number of years ago. I put off doing a task that I was asked to do because I was worried. In the training, I go into depth around how this not only effected my work performance but began to affect my health and private life. These ripples from my procrastination had an impact.

I go in the ripple effect in a previous blog that I wrote, and you can find it here https://thesej.co.uk/the-ripple-effect/

The affect of procrastination at work can have an impact on projects being completed on time, orders being placed, customers experiencing what the perceive as poor customer service, and a range of other detrimental effects for the business.

What I also think is another effect of procrastination, is the effect it has on us as individuals. It almost teaches the mind that it’s ok not to complete things.

I have done quite a bit of reading on this over the last few days, and many psychology websites back this up and go even further to say that procrastination can lead to stress.

Many of the sites that I looked at spoke about a procrastination accumulation effect. This is where you feel under pressure at work or a bit stressed, put things off, and then feel stressed thinking about what you’ve left undone. As you do this, you leave more things undone and feel overwhelmed. This is a classic vicious cycle.1

So not only does procrastination cause issues in workplace and impact the business, but you as an individual are also affected and you can develop stress.

How can you address this?

We do this by identifying the thoughts that are causing us to procrastinate in the first place and these thoughts can be varied and unique to each individual. The SEJ Process enables us to identify very quickly what these thoughts are, and we can then very quickly dissolve these thoughts if they aren’t true.

The SEJ has been used successfully for 25 years for just this use.

In my example in the SEJ Training, I used the SEJ in the moment that the issue was identified. I didn’t need weeks of counselling or have to wait for results. I was able to deal with the procrastination there and then, stop the negative ripple effects, break the “vicious cycle”, and perform at my highest ability.

This benefitted me, the company I was working for, and the people around me.

I went from a place of fear and feeling ashamed when I was procrastinating to a place of joy.

If you’d like to know who to stop procrastinating and find out more about how the SEJ Process can support, you go to www.thesej-business.co.uk

End procrastination and live in joy.

Elliot

1. https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/science-and-sensibility/201510/stress-anxiety-and-procrastination

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