Procrastination at workplace: The opportunity killer
Experts believe that for a person’s own mental, physical and emotional well-being, procrastination should be avoided. It can not only have an adverse impact on your output, but might also have damaging effects on you
Rahul Raj, TimesJobs.com Bureau
Christopher Parker once famously said, “Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” So true! Putting off your work can provide temporary relief from your workload but panic strikes as soon as it is crunch time. The piled up work-load can soon turn you into a nervous wreck.
“I was amazed counting the number of instances when I deferred from an important task in favour of doing something more enjoyable. Luckily, my organizational bent of mind restrained me from being in a perennial state of procrastination. Surprisingly enough, a number of perfectionists tend to be procrastinators as they refrain from doing the job in fear of not doing it correctly,” stated Nilanjana Som Bhowmick, Executive Director, Consus iTechnologies.
How does it affect you?
Bhowmick believes that procrastination leaves you in a state of low self-esteem. Your stress level rises up and in turn you lose your peace of mind. This can adversely affect your heath. “For a person’s own mental, physical and emotional well-being, procrastination should be avoided. It can not only have an adverse impact on your output but, might also have damaging effects on you, as a person, which may not be visible,” stated Arati Bam, Head of Marketing, The Attachment Group, Novell.
How does it affect your work?
According to George Thomas, Group Head-HR, Narayana Health, when business plans are laid out, there is high focus on outcomes in a time based manner. “If one gets into the procrastination mode, the tasks tend to pile up and the focus could be completely lost.”
He believes that the organization needs thinkers and doers. Most projects are built on some assumptions which ensure that the foundation is in place. If employees get into this mode at the time of getting the foundations right, it could translate into a whole lot of rework and loss of valuable time. This would have a direct impact on the ability of the company to service the end client – irrespective of the business or social organization this may be.
“In the medical field procrastination could lead to a life and death situation. One needs to respond in the swiftest possible manner based on the protocols laid out,” he stated.
Sunil Goel, MD GlobalHunt believes that procrastination is a killer of opportunities. An individual may lose on new opportunities as they begin to take things lightly. He/she might lose their reliability.