Why We Procrastinate

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A look at the root causes of procrastination

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Why We Procrastinate

  1. 1. Why We Procrastinate
  2. 2. - or –Why I waiteduntil Sunday todo thisassignment.
  3. 3. “The shortest guaranteed path to successcomes from doing the things we know weshould be doing but don’t want to do.” Rory Vaden Consultant, Behavioral Expert
  4. 4. Self-assessment:Why do you procrastinate?a. Lack of self-disciplineb. Desire to avoid stressc. Just can’t get in the moodd. I’ll get back to you on that
  5. 5. The paradox:Delaying may help relievestress now, but it createsmore stress later.
  6. 6. So why do we do it?
  7. 7. “Procrastination is like buying on credit.” Rory Vaden Consultant, Behavioral Expert
  8. 8. Get what you want now.Pay later.
  9. 9. The true cost of procrastination.
  10. 10. The average American spends two ofevery eight hours not working.
  11. 11. Cost of wasted time:$10,000 per employee, per year.* *Based on average income of $39,000.
  12. 12. Why people procrastinate:a. Don’t feel its impactb. Fearc. Sense of entitlementd. Perfectionism
  13. 13. If you don’t feel its impact:Place yourself in the future state,when the work is due.
  14. 14. If you feel entitled:Focus on how doing the work helpsyou advance your personal goals.
  15. 15. If you fear the job is too big:Start it anyway. Sometimes gettingstarted is all it takes.
  16. 16. If you’re a perfectionist:Focus on making progress.Not on making it perfect.
  17. 17. How to resist the urge toprocrastinate today:Focus on the end goal -- Think ofhow doing the work now will makeyour life easier later.
  18. 18. “If I have a clear picture of how doing something that I don’t want to do will get me to where I want to go…
  19. 19. “If I have a clear picture of how doing something that I don’t want to do will get me to where I want to go… that vision will compel me and pull me through the muck.” -- Rory Vaden

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