Procrastination: The Devil in the Playroom of Business Productivity

What is it about time? One minute, you have plenty of it to look forward to and the next, you’re chasing after it. Procrastination is one of those time stealers which can easily hinder business productivity.

Have you heard the phrase, “The devil is in the details?” This is a twist on that. It is the little things that trip us up. For many moms, it is their kids.

When the work piles up, who wouldn’t want to be shopping or at least playing with the kids? Procrastination takes advantage of the fact that you are having a hard time balancing work and family. You tell yourself that a little extra time with the kids won’t hurt anything, but that lack of structure can cripple your productivity.

Taking time away from your business to spend with family can seem like playing hooky from school. That way of thinking will keep you in the procrastination mode. Here are some ways to recognize this particular devil and find the solutions to get rid of him.

1. You sigh heavily looking at the work left to be done. Don’t misunderstand. You want to be productive but built-in downtime is essential. Between a project finish and a new project start, take the time to bask in the knowledge of a job well done. You might not be able to take the afternoon off, but you can spend an hour or two doing something you like such as taking the kids to the park or watching a movie with them. Knowing that you don’ t have to rush into the next thing, takes the pressure off and is an incentive for getting work done in an efficient and timely manner.

2. Your desk is a mess. They say that a messy desk is a sign of genius, but simply being a genius doesn’t get the work done. Actually the clutter can put you off from working because you don’t want to wade through the mail and paperwork. From the beginning, utilize a filing system to organize your business. If you are midstream, pencil in a couple of hours and get it cleaned up. Once your desk is cleared, you’ll be psyched to sit down and get to work.

3. Hearing the kids playing with dad makes the mind wonder. Any hint of fun that distracts you will force you out of that chair and away from work. Know your procrastination triggers. If working on the weekend is a trigger, schedule more time through the week for business and leave the weekends open for family fun. Giggles can be distracting so choose an office space with a door to block out other sounds when your home office is open for business. Don’t set yourself up to fail.

You are not the only one who is vulnerable to procrastination. Striking a balance in your home and knowing your triggers are two ways to sweep the procrastination devil right out of your life.

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