Procrastination – the art of delay

We’ve all been there.  Something needs doing today, but you don’t want to do it today.  You purposefully do other things to avoid that one thing that really should have your full attention.  It’s funny how creative we can become at times like these.

Some people are very good at procrastinating.  They really are ‘artists’.  Such people cause me a problem – particularly if I am relying on them to fulfill something so that I can then do my part.

We are not talking about being too busy to act – we are talking about a deliberate and wilful act to avoid.

Leaders know that integrity is paramount in leadership.  Integrity can have many definitions but today I am thinking about this one: doing what you said you were going to do, when you said you were going to do it by.

Procrastination results in:

  • selfishness
  • unreliability
  • lack of responsibility
  • jealousy and frustration from others

Integrity builds (among other things):

  • trust
  • confidence
  • increased effort by team members
  • Outward focus

So, if there is something you are putting off, consider the effects that your actions could have on others if you continue to procrastinate.

Cultivate integrity instead.

So what are your first steps going to be?

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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