Reasons for Procrastination at Work

There are many reasons why people procrastinate, especially when they are at work. Sometimes they don’t know where to begin, they are overwhelmed, sidetracked, they aren’t interested in what they are supposed to be doing, they are scared that they won’t be able to do it well enough or they just don’t want to. 

In this article, we are going to explore all of these a bit more.

1. Don’t Know Where to Start

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Sometimes people are given an assignment that they know nothing about, however, they are expected to not only learn about the subject but tell others about it too. It’s hard to know which resources to use or how to find any information about a subject you know nothing about. If you are in the situation where you don’t know how to start, try asking someone for advice.

2. Overwhelmed

Often times in a work environment employees are given numerous assignments with short deadlines which can be very overwhelming. When a person is overwhelmed often times something that happens is rushing through the work so you can hurry up and be done. This causes your work to be about half of what it could be, which doesn’t look good for you and most of the time you will end up having to redo it.

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The best way to go about being overwhelmed is to take a second and breathe, arrange your assignments in a certain order that will work best for you, such as what’s due first, or how long each assignment will take, then work on one assignment at a time until they are done.

3. Sidetracked

Being sidetracked and distracted can cause a lot of havoc in your work life. You want to be able to give your job your optimal performance, however, if you’re like most people you have some kind of life outside of work and you get distracted easily.

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One way to deal with being easily sidetracked is to make sure that you have no distractions in your work area. If you need to work on a computer, then no tabs should be open beside the ones you need for your assignment.

4. Not Interested

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When you aren’t interested in something it’s easy to put it off. The problem with this is if it concerns your work then you could possibly lose your job and everything you have going for you so far. When it comes to a lack of interest one thing you can try is finding aspects that do interest you in the work.

5. Scared You Won’t Be Able to Do it

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Being scared is a natural part of life, however, too many people let that fear rule them. You can’t let fear stop you from living. Use it to push you to do better. Anything you do will be better than if you do nothing at all. You just need to start, finish and put it out there.

6. Just Don’t Care

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Some people just don’t care. It’s sad, but true. The worst part is that when someone doesn’t do their share of the work it comes back and hurts someone else. Don’t be this person. If you don’t like the work, then do something else instead.  

Hopefully, this article helped you to identify why you are procrastinating and what you can do about it. Sometimes if you are procrastinating because of being overwhelmed, distracted or you don’t know where to start, then it can be an easy fix. However, some take a little bit more effort. No matter what you can do anything you set your mind to.

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