The word procrastination has recently become very fashionable, especially in business circles, where effectiveness, efficiency, agility and other KPIs that define the level of skill and speed of achieving goals are constantly measured. From the Latin procrastinatio, it means delay, postponement. Procrastination is a tendency identified with procrastination, delaying or postponing something, which manifests itself in various areas of life, otherwise known as the student syndrome.
This condition has recently been recognised as a type of mental disorder, but some people believe that it is an excuse for plain laziness.
Psychologists find many reasons for this affliction. These include:
Abstracting from diagnosed clinical cases, many people more often or less often succumb to this tendency. One could add to the list of reasons for this state of affairs many points that we have served ourselves in connection with the development of civilisation, e.g:
As mentioned earlier, procrastination affects most of us to a greater or lesser extent. How do the most effective managers of today deal with it? Remember that every leader, on the one hand, has his or her own goals to achieve and, on the other hand, is responsible for achieving the tasks of his or her team. How to fight the tendency to procrastination in yourself and in your team? Here are some ways:
*) if not all members understand the group’s objective, there is a good chance that it will not be achieved in time or at all. For the boat to go fast and in the same direction, everyone must row equally.
*) Don’t forget about delegating tasks – skilfully done, it will save your time, at the same time developing your team’s competences and boosting morale and sense of participation on the way to achieving the goal.
Each break must have a specific duration, which must be scrupulously respected, and at the end of which you should immediately return to your activities.
The approach to procrastination depends primarily on our attitude. If our goals are well set, ambitious but realistic, measurable and timed, they should naturally motivate us to act and inspire determination to achieve them. What we should undoubtedly focus on is the level of our dependence on time eaters, which are more and more aggressively entering our lives and taking over all our free time.