We as leaders have a lot on our plates. New leaders can easily become overwhelmed resulting in procrastination. Michelle Sweezey tackles this topic that will make you smile and think and start acting NOW!
It has come to my recent attention that I, like several others I know, am putting the “pro” in procrastination. Seriously. When life gets overwhelming, sometimes a little impromptu game of hide and seek occurs. The problem being, of course, everyone is hiding and no one is seeking.
I’m not saying I don’t get things done. I do. I am a Task. Master…when I feel like it, anyway. I seem to have the attention span of a five-year-old when it comes time to sitting and working for more than an hour.
This is hardly a problem unique to me; there’s a reason that a Google search for “procrastination” brings up “About 3,930,000 results.” As a matter of fact, I think we ought to make our nationwide motto:
“America: avoiding dealing with our own sh*t since 1776″
This is learned behavior, to be sure, and learned in response to the desire to manage our emotions.
When faced with a task, our brains immediately react in certain predictable ways, triggering a fight or flight response pattern, a growth or a fixed mindset, a pessimistic or optimistic point of view, and a work ethic we have trained ourselves to hold. In sum, there are certain patterns of thought and action that either help, or hinder a person in their attempt to get ‘er done.
To clarify, let me provide an illustration, organized in a compare and contrast method to best enlighten you. Let me present:
How to Procrastinate Like a Boss: