Do you ever put off doing tasks that really require your immediate attention? Do you find yourself avoiding tasks rather than tackling them? If you do, you’re not alone. This bad habit is commonly called procrastination.
Procrastination occurs in most workplaces. One way employees may procrastinate is through “tomorrow thinking.” This is where people decide the next day is a better time to handle the task at hand. Instead of working, people distract themselves with less-important activities.
Another procrastination method is “contingency tomorrow thinking.” This occurs when people throws in extra responsibilities to complicate matters in order to avoid the work originally assigned to them.
The most obvious consequence of procrastination is that a project or task may not be completed on time. However, there are several other consequences too:
- Stress — Procrastination sees unfinished tasks piling up, causing many procrastinators to experience stress. Ignoring work only adds more stress.
- Anxiety caused by guilt — As procrastinators feel guilty about incomplete tasks, it leads to an anxiety-led lack of focus and concentration.
- Loss of personal productivity — Letting work pile up through procrastination makes it difficult to maintain healthy productivity levels.
- Colleagues being frustrated — Procrastinating over a project or task can hold up the work of colleagues relying on its delivery, which can cause frustration.
- Your organisation suffering — Procrastination has a cumulative effect throughout the organization. It can cost organizations millions of dollars each year.
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