Leadership Tip

How to stop procrastinating

Procrastination may feel like the human condition, but it doesn't have to. To get out of your own way and increase your productivity, try these three tactics:

  1. Set deadlines. Create a schedule with clear due dates for each task. Remind yourself by using visual cues: Set reminders in your calendar, add items to your to-do list, or put a sticky note on your computer screen.
     
  2. Ask for help. Ask a trusted colleague to review your work. Knowing that she's expecting it can spur you to get started.
     
  3. Change your mindset. Stop thinking of yourself as a procrastinator. See yourself - and talk about yourself with others - as someone who gets things done.

 


The above leadership tip...
was sent in response to a question from a participant on our 10/10 leadership development and mentoring programme and adapted from Don't Sabotage Yourself by Susan David. Whether you're a first time manager or an experienced leader, straightforward, practical advice on best practice is hard to find. Until now. To find out how you, your team or your organisation can benefit, please join us on our next complimentary webinar or contact us.

 

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