Of all the bad habits that can hurt your career progression, procrastination has to be near or at the top of the list. We’re all guilty of it in both our personal and professional lives, but those who can manage or even overcome these impulses will have a huge advantage. Sometimes the less talented employee will rise faster because they don’t let important tasks go unaddressed.
There are many approaches to managing these impulses. One of my favorites is to make a list of only one or two things each evening that you want to complete the next day. Then attack them first thing with the goal of finishing them by 10 am. By doing that you’ll be far more productive and will feel good all day as you approach other tasks. All guilt will be gone!
The video above offers some helpful tips tied to how our brain works. Things like automating things that you don’t like doing can be a huge help. And then use incentives and costs for good and bad behavior. Check it out!