Practical Tips To Stop Procrastinating At Work

We all procrastinate from time to time. That’s a fact of life. But can we afford to procrastinate on our jobs? Being late to a social event as a result of procrastinating is one thing, but what about being late to work? Or late to a meeting with important clients? The consequence of procrastinating in your personal life could result in the loss of your social engagements, however doing so in your professional life could result in you losing your livelihood. Why do we procrastinate at work? What are the benefits of completing our work assignments on time? How can we stop this harmful habit?

Work VS. Life

In my experience, balancing home life with our jobs is one of the main contributing factors of procrastination. There are so many important things that we need to prioritize in our lives: health, family, relationships, friendships the list can go on. Trying to balance our work and personal life takes tremendous effort on a daily basis. What do I mean? Take the priority list I mentioned. How many categories can you divide each of them into? How much time does each one take?

  • Health: we need to find time each day to exercise, grocery shop for healthy food items and then cook them, we have to look after our emotional and spiritual health, find time to meditate, conduct our self examinations to be better individuals, etc.
  • Family: if you have children, you have to find time to attend their games at school, meet with their teachers, help them study for tests, help with homework, cook dinners, prepare lunches, complete household chores, balance your budget, etc.
  • Relationships: if you are married or have a significant other, you have to find time to communicate, have date nights, reconnect or get to know one another better, plan romantic activities, etc.
  • Friendships: we need to find time to strengthen the bonds of our friendships, meet new friends, spend time with our neighbors, attend social events with friends, etc.

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