Posted by: jmwilsonmga | May 31, 2011

Beating the Procrastination Temptation

Procrastination is a habit – a deadly one in some cases.  

When you really think about it, there are two types of people in this world: 

  1. The type of person who will do things at the last possible minute. 
  2. The type of person who will do things at the earliest possible minute. 

Why do people procrastinate?  There are a few basic reasons that people procrastinate.  

  • The task seems too big and “ugly”.
  • You are not sure how to complete the task.
  • The task is unpleasant.
  • Perfectionist syndrome – I don’t have time to do it the way I want to so I’ll put it off until I do.

Let’s take each of the reasons why and figure out how to combat them. 

  • The task seems too big and “ugly” 

There is no doubt that some things will take longer to figure out than others.  Sometimes you can break down a task so that you can handle it in smaller pieces so it doesn’t seem so daunting.  Other times the task is what it is, and the best thing that you can do is plan your day effectively so that you will be able to take the necessary time to complete the task.  The longer the “ugly” sits there, the hairier it will become and it can end up taking more time than if you just knocked it out in the first place.

  • You are not sure how to complete the task 

When are not sure, ask.  There is always a resource that can be sought out to ask your questions to.  Asking doesn’t make you seem stupid, but guessing incorrectly sure can. 

  • The task is unpleasant 

Sometimes there are things that need to be done that we really don’t like doing.  I like to think of these types of things in a different way.  You can choose to focus on how awful the actual task is, or you can choose to focus on the time that it will take to complete.  For example, if I know that I have to clean my bathroom, I can procrastinate because it’s a nasty job.  The more I think of how nasty it is, the easier it is to procrastinate.  However, if I think of it in terms of time – it will take me 30 minutes to clean the bathroom – I can get through just about anything for 30 minutes.  Think of the time, not the task, and get it done. 

  • Perfectionist syndrome 

Ask yourself if your perfectionism is really needed.  For example, I knew someone who printed elaborate proposals to give to their clients.  They made sure that the printer printed each color page with the exact right tone of blue.  The paper was special stock that had a watermark on it that had to appear perfectly on each page.  The tabs could not be crooked.  You see where I’m going.  The insured really just wanted the proposal – they didn’t care about the shade of blue that it printed in.  Be sure that the work that you are doing is accurate but done in an efficient way.

About the Author : Jeanne Callan, Illinois Branch Manager

Jeanne has been a member of the J.M. Wilson Team for over three years and currently serves as the Illinois Branch Manager.  She works closely with her team of underwriters to give our retail agents the resources that they need to write business.  From underwriting to training to motivating to marketing to answering the phones, Jeanne does whatever it takes for her team to succeed!  Jeanne loves that there is never a dull moment in her position. She loves the variety.  She also admits to being a bit of a sap – she loves insurance!  In her free time, Jeanne enjoys experiencing live music.  She has seen over 160 artists in the past ten years – some of them more than once!

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Disclaimer :  This article is for informational purposes only.  There is no legal advice being suggested or proffered.  The author assumes no responsibility or liability for the actions taken or not taken by the readers based upon such information.  This article is the opinion of the author and is not supported or endorsed by J.M. Wilson.  It should not be relied upon and may contain inaccuracies or content may have changed over time, contact your underwriter for the most current and accurate information.  Any comments or responses are the opinions of their authors.  Content on this site is believed to be covered under Fair Use.

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