Robin Kessler - Competency Speaker and HR Consultant

Procrastination

In Uncategorized on February 17, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Why do almost all of us procrastinate on at least some things? One of my best friends reminded me earlier  this week that it just may be part of being human. I think she’s probably right. 

Authors and comedians recognize how typical it is for us to procrastinate….and use it for humor. As Mark Twain said, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

So when you are having one of those days, or one of those weeks, make the effort to take on some of the bigger things you feel guilty about postponing. I came to work today determined to start working on a project that I’ve been having a mental block about, and realized I’d left my notes at home! But, since I’m committed to at least working on the project today, I will stop by my house later and get the notes. Because I’ve also avoided blogging this week, I made the decision to work on this!

We all have days we are more focused and demonstrate we are strong in the competency, initiative. And we have those other days. One of the best things I’ve done for myself in the last few years is to give myself permission to make mistakes and not be perfect.

When we procrastinate, it is more evidence that we are not perfect. That’s okay.

But we need to try to limit the damage, especially if we are procrastinating on something that could be important to our future. I know students who have waited until close to the deadlines for applications for graduate school, law school, medical school, and college……and don’t seem to realize that they may be hurting their chances because they do not seem as seriously interested as students who apply earlier.

It is an opportunity for growth. I promise I’ll try to work on my own tendency to procrastinate this year. Will you join me?

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