We have all procrastinated. We set a goal to accomplish a task, only to become distracted on something less important. It’s easy to put off the thing we don’t want to do for the thing that really doesn’t need to be done. Before we know it, we are rushing like crazy to meet a deadline, or even worse, we miss it entirely.
Do you ever consider how much time you spend procrastinating? It’s typically longer than the actual work would take. We delay the inevitable because it feels like too much work, or we feel a sense of dread in doing it. Imagine what we could accomplish with the time and brain space freed up after accomplishing a task instead of hunting for every excuse not to do it.
Procrastination, or the art of perpetual delaying, comes from a Latin verb procrastinare defined as “to put off until tomorrow.” But this goes beyond our choice to delay efforts. The word is also derived from an ancient Greek word akrasia which means “doing something against our better judgment.”
Procrastination is the one thing that differentiates people with influence from those who don’t have it. Influential people do the work. They show up every day, without excuses, ready to put forth the effort to get a job done, improve their skills or rise to the next level. They bring a positive attitude to each day and see opportunity in everything. Procrastinators, on the other hand, put off the work required to accomplish tasks. They are perceived to lack self-awareness or motivation. Many think procrastinators are lazy and poor time managers. In reality, procrastinators live in a state of negativity: They dread work and putting forth effort. As a result, they lack the influence they need to get a promotion, land a new