Published: 28th May 2018
Here is how procrastination can negatively affect your professional edge
The general maxim that ‘opportunity strikes only once’ will have to be rethought from a professional scenario to that of ‘opportunity opens up only for a microsecond’
Time is precious and invaluable for everyone, particularly for the youth who are on the threshold of venturing into the professional world through various placement opportunities. If ever there was a disturbing factor amongst the youth in the run-up to their professional career, it is the aspect of procrastination. The tendency to put off things from being done at the right time steals away from their success, since it kills their professional edge.
The modern corporate world only opens its door for people who are competent in accomplishing tasks at a specific time. The general maxim that ‘opportunity strikes only once’ will have to be rethought from a professional scenario to that of ‘opportunity opens up only for a microsecond’. The candidates who are tuned to the smart way of life of being quick to respond will eventually
It is often very disturbing to see unfocused youth who do not accomplish their tasks. Whether intentionally or non-intentionally, they are prone to procrastinate. They fail to understand that their sluggishness might cost them their future.
So, what are some of the reasons for procrastination? Here are a few:
Lack of motivation: The simple reason why people procrastinate is that they are not motivated to do anything. What do I have to do now? This seems to be the question that lingers on their mind. There must be an attitudinal adjustment to life and the need to get self-motivated to be accountable for developing their lives within the available time.
What if not now? Yet another reason for procrastination is that people get accustomed to asking —what will happen if not now, there is always another time. The manner in which they attach some unpleasant feelings or emotions to their previous tasks needs to be polished away. The best time to do anything is now and one must be comfortable in doing it with enthusiasm.
Some other interest: Another major culprit for procrastination is that the interest of the person is lying somewhere else. The distraction that creeps in takes away one’s inclination to focus on tasks that are essentially based on life situations. The youth must resort to life planning and prioritising the activities that would ensure success in their lives.
Inadequate skill sets: There is often a tendency to procrastinate if there is a shortcoming in the skill sets that are essential to take up any task in the professional area. There is trepidation in the minds of the youth that they might miserably fail if they engage in something that is not in their comfort zone. The initiative to take up life necessitated tasks and activities must be adopted with enthusiasm by the youth.
The youth must overcome procrastination with determination since that is a silent killer of the professional edge. The world will not stop for people who are lazy; it will revolve around the people who can travel with it. Therefore, don’t let procrastination be the trait that can define your personality.
(Nicholas Francis is an HR mentor based in Madurai. He serves as a member of the Board of Studies of Social Work in colleges and contributes to the professional training and development of institutes)