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Do you procrastinate on the job?


You have tons of work to do, and the report your boss gave you a week ago hasn't been touched.  What's wrong with you?  You are likely among the millions of americans who suffer from job procrastination.  You may be feeling guilty, inadequate, depressed, and your self esteem has taken a nose dive.  Procrastinating at work will manifest itself in avoiding tasks, delaying tasks until the last minute, or not doing them at all.    Right now, the high turnover rate may also be contributing to your procrastination due to being overwhelmed with more tasks.  As headcount shrinks, employees are being asked to take on more and more tasks.

Following are typical reasons individuals procrastinate at work:

1- Poor time management.  There are many resources available to help with this challenge.  Learning to manage your time and creating a daily "to-do" list will make a world of difference during that nine to five period when your employer expects you to perform.  Gaining control of your time is critical.  Your job may depend on it.

2- Difficulty concentraing.  You may be daydreaming about your hobby, your children, your spouse, or a myriad of other thoughts.   Gaining control of your thoughts is critical to life success not only at work but in all areas of your life.  Thoughts are energy, and the energy we project out into the universe, via our thoughts, is attracted back to us in many ways.  Learn how to place your focus where you want it to be.  Relaxation, meditation, and visualization are great methods to help if you suffer from this problem.

3- You may be easily distracted by ringing phones, co-worker's voices, or any other sounds you may hear.  The best way to combat this problem is learn to focus your attention.  Try using headphones and listen to soothing music at your cubicle in an effort to block out external distractions until you learn better focusing techniques.  Once you gain control of your thoughts (as suggested in step #2), you will be able to block out the distractions naturally without the use of headphones.

4- You have lost interest in your job.  This is a common problem.  If you are at a point where you have mastered your work and there is no longer enough there to challenge you, then it's time to have a talk with your boss.  Let him/her know that you are not challenged and it is affecting your performance.  Maybe your boss can find additional responsibilities or new interesting projects for you.  Do not allow this to affect your performance.

A few changes in your mindset, attitude, and behaviors could be the difference in whether or not you are considered for that next departmental promotion.

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