A study just a few
years ago found that the average employee spends around 2 hours a day
engaging in non-work related activities. This could be logging into
your Facebook and Twitter accounts, making multiple trips to the
break room to make yourself a cup of coffee, or just spacing off. In
all, procrastination costs companies around $10,000 a year per
employee! That’s a lot of lost productivity! If you aren’t
getting your work done on schedule, here 7 possible reasons for it,
along with suggestions for overcoming the problem.

1. Your Time
Management Skills Aren’t Up to Par

So you’ve got a
project due next week. “That’s seven full days! No problem,”
you say. Then seven turns to six as you spend the evenings watching
Netflix, socializing, or working exclusively on secondary projects of
lower priority. Still plenty of time. Then five days become
four…and you still haven’t started or are woefully behind
schedule. “Let’s not forget that I’ve got the weekend as
well,” you tell yourself. As the deadline approaches, your stress
levels increase and since it is now a rush job, it affects the
quality of your work.

How to fix this:
Develop a schedule and stick to it! If you have a relatively lengthy
time frame in which to complete the task, pace yourself. For
instance, select a 2-hour period each day in which you will dedicate
yourself entirely to that particular assignment, don’t diverge and
don’t try to justify putting it off.

Your Time Management Skills Aren’t Up to Par | Procrastinating | Brain Berries

2. You Are an
Extreme Perfectionist

As you’re tackling
a task, you expect to be satisfied with the outcome. However, if
you’re too much of a perfectionist, this often means you won’t
even get started until you are confident that it will turn out the
way you expect. This problem is especially common if you’re working
on something new or different from what you typically do. As a result
of your concerns, you put off the work, which in the end will
guarantee that the task doesn’t live up to your high standards.

How to fix this:
It is important to accept that you might not achieve perfection. Go
in with the mindset that you are doing your absolute best, and if you
are sincerely putting in the effort you should never be disappointed
with the outcome.

You Are an Extreme Perfectionist | Procrastinating | Brain Berries

3. You Don’t
Have the Right Skills or Knowledge For the Task

Whether you are a
people pleaser who can’t say “no” to a project or are convinced
that you can succeed in every task no matter the requirements, you
will often find yourself in a situation where you’re way over your
head. It’s obviously impossible to work on a project if you don’t
know where to begin or lack the knowledge to complete it. Of course,
once the deadline passes and you still haven’t finished the job or
turn in something incomplete, your organization will not be very
happy.

How to fix this:
Chances are, your employer won’t give you a task if they aren’t
certain you’re up to it. So don’t try to convince them otherwise.
Be honest with yourself and understand what you are and aren’t
capable of. Ask them for projects that are more suited to your skill
set and experience. If you are looking to improve your abilities,
offer to assist a more seasoned colleague and learn the ropes before
taking on similar assignments yourself.

You Don’t Have the Right Skills or Knowledge For the Task | Procrastinating | Brain Berries

4. You Have a
Fear of Failure

This problem is
similar to the issue of perfectionism. You don’t want to hand in
work that makes you look incompetent, and in the end it becomes a
self-fulfilled prophesy when you finish the project at the last
moment and it proves that you’re not up to the task.

How to fix it:
Recognize that we all make mistakes. It’s part of the learning
process throughout all stages of life. You might indeed find that
your project needs improvement, but don’t see this as the end of
the world. Accept whatever negative feedback your supervisor provides
and use this as motivation to do better next time.

You Have a Fear of Failure | Procrastinating | Brain Berries

5. You Resent the
Task

The issue in this
case isn’t about your inability to handle the task, it’s that
you’ve been given an assignment that you don’t want to do because
you absolutely hate it. There could be many reasons for this, such as
disliking the nature of the work, the topic, or the sense that it’s
below your capabilities.

How to fix it:
Don’t be a rebel! The last thing you want to do is sabotage things
at the office and make life more difficult for the rest of the
company. Communicate honestly with your supervisors and explain why
you dislike the assignment. If possible, offer to do an alternative
that you enjoy more. But let’s face it, from time to time we are
all forced to do things that we don’t like; that’s just life. So
if you have no choice, keep in mind that you’re getting paid to do
it.

You Resent the Task | Procrastinating | Brain Berries

6. You Have Low
Self-Esteem

This problem has
less to do with the task and more to do with your psychological
state. Believing that you aren’t good enough results in stress and
depression. When you have an important job to do, you don’t need
any distractions.

How to fix it:
Gain confidence in yourself. Avoid negative thoughts. This doesn’t
mean you have to imagine that life is nothing but sunshine and
rainbows. But the truth is, if you are constantly finding reasons to
prove you are unworthy of success, you are guaranteed to fail at your
work.

You Have Low Self-Esteem | Procrastinating | Brain Berries

7. You Lack the
Energy

Constantly feeling
tired is bound to have an adverse effect on your performance. If you
are taking part in a major project that requires a clear mind and a
great deal of effort, it will be impossible if you never have the
energy.

How to fix it: There are several possibilities here. Are you
getting enough sleep? Are you eating a proper diet? It might be
necessary to make some lifestyle changes in order to boost your
energy levels. If you have health concerns related to persistent
fatigue, it might be time to consult a doctor.

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