Join Brenda Bailey-Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Are you a procrastinator?, part of Overcoming Procrastination.
There are a few behaviors that may appear to be procrastination on the surface but are actually quite different. Prioritizing is one of those. In your crazy, hectic work day, you may come in with a hundred things on a list of things to get done. If you prioritize that list and you work your list in priority order and at the end of the day you still didn't get 50 things done, that's not procrastinating. That's prioritizing, that's a healthy time management skill. Sometimes we delay action on purpose, and that's a different thing than procrastination as well.
Lets imagine that you have a big decision to make, but you haven't collected quite all of the data. That's a wise time to put off taking a certain action. Maybe you have a big project, and you've got a couple of months to get it done. You think it's about time to start the project, but if you just wait another day or two, you'll have your new computer, or new software, or more people to help you. Putting it off may actually save you time in the long run. So that's a wise time to delay action. I encourage you to explore your procrastination habit.
Is it true procrastination? Or are you actually prioritizing, and intentionally delaying action for a good reason? Now, what about those times when you really are in the procrastination zone? This is the time when it's a top priority project. You need to get it done, you want to get it done, but for some reason you just keep putting it off. That's the real deal, that's the true procrastination zone. That is the time sapping, productivity squashing, number one time management challenge.
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