Nov 212014

Dr. Earl R. Smith II

Procrastination most often leads to failure and, sadly, there are many executives, including Chairmen and CEO’s, throughout the corporate business world today that suffer from it. Most of them think that there is no way to beat this problem. Fortunately, they are wrong. If you know how to get yourself into the proper mindset, you will be able to overcome procrastination without any problems at all. Enlisting the aid of an executive coaching services company to guide you correctly into that mindset is a positive step towards success. I regularly work with clients who are struggling against this self-sabotaging tendency. Here are a few suggestions that I regularly give clients:

1. Rather than thinking that you have to do work, think of it as you something that you want to do. From my long experience, one of the root causes of procrastination is that, as an executive, you may feel totally obligated to the task. If you try to redefine the task to be more appealing by looking forward to doing it instead, you will overcome your procrastination.

2. Do not think that, by undertaking an assignment, you are going to be missing out on something else. Instead, think about what you will be gaining by successfully completing the project.

3. Executives who procrastinate usually also obsess about every facet of a project or task at hand being perfect. If you do this, you will become far too anxious to think about starting the project or task. You will believe that you will never be able to live up to your own expectations. You need to realize that you are going to make mistakes along the way. This is merely just a part of your own personal growth and leadership development.

4. Do not think about how hard it is going to be to complete a given project. I regularly advise clients to break the task down into smaller tasks that are more easily achievable – see it as a series of steps rather than one large task. It will become more manageable instead of seeming to be one massive one. This is a great way of accomplishing almost any undertaking in your life.

5. Never try to embark upon the whole task all at one time. If you try to sit down and put in eight or ten hours worth of work at one go without taking any breaks, you are going to burn out before the project is complete! Instead, take time away from your desk and then, when you return, break down the project into smaller, separate, sections. This way you will never feel snowed under by your work and, at the same time, you will be able to rest your mind in between those smaller sections. In any event, if you apply this tactic to all of your work, your results will most definitely always be far better.

Procrastinating is a huge problem in the corporate business world today. Many executives do not know how to overcome this problem, so they simply just put the task off until another member of the management team gets around to doing it. This is not necessary. A good executive coach you will support you and help you overcome your tendency to procrastinate. Finding such a coach is well worth the effort, so do not procrastinate about it any longer.

© Dr. Earl R. Smith II

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