I’ve struggled with procrastination for years. Some say procrastination is just being distracted all the time, while others bluntly call it laziness. But I call it my ally. Believe it or not, it’s not that bad to be a procrastinator—if you know how to use it to your advantage. But if you don’t, it can sometimes put you in stressful situations, struggling to meet deadlines and finish projects in time.
I call procrastination my skill sharpener, my time manager and feedback receiver, as every time I have procrastinated to do something, I found better ways to do it. I got faster at completing the task and discovered new strengths within myself. I opened myself more to opportunities and solutions, and ideas flow more easily. But what can you do to use your own procrastination to better yourself?
- Determine why you procrastinate. Is it because you don’t like the task/project you are working on, or is it because you don’t understand it or see it as a waste of your talents? How does having to do this task/project make you feel?
- Explore the consequences of not accomplishing what you intended. Think about how you feel when you didn’t accomplish something because you procrastinated and it caused you to miss a deadline. Is there a consequence at work or in your business?
- Test a new way of doing the work you’ve been putting off. Observe if you are more creative, resourceful and sharp. How is your focus?
- Notice the energy. Do you feel any new energy around the way you did your task? What changed?
- Take notes. Keeping a journal will increase your awareness, and you’ll get to know yourself better and understand why you procrastinate.
- Work with a coach. A coach can help you inquire within and find the best solutions for you. This will put you ahead of your competition in business or at work.
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Life and Career Coach / Catalyst for Positive Transformation