Overcoming Procrastination at Work

“Hands up who procrastinates?”

Is a question that I ask when I am delivering my Keynote Seminar #TalkingAnxiety…

This is followed by EVERY hand in the room shooting towards the ceiling!

As does mine – I still procrastinate – I procrastinated over writing this blog actually – hey, I have been described as ‘Brutally Honest’! 

I am an International Inspirational Speaker on the subject of Anxiety.  

My unique take on this – NOT what Anxiety IS – but what Anxiety DOES.

The Effects of Anxiety

How it affects the way we work – or the way we don’t (!), the decisions we take, the opportunities we go for & the ones we don’t!  The relationships we choose – even the ones we choose to stay in…

Procrastination is right up there as a leading Anxiety trigger in business or the workplace – but we just don’t see it – but we certainly feel it!

Interestingly, the physical feelings of anxiety and the physical feelings of guilt are exactly the same – so if you are feeling anxious when at your desk, laptop or work area – maybe it’s procrastination.

Essentially – the reasons why we procrastinate are because either we DON’T want to do that, it’s perceived as too DIFFICULT or because we FEAR doing it.

When the truth is – when you put something off – how much bigger, hairier & scarier does it become?  MASSIVE!  

When actually – when you do it – it’s not so bad, never takes as long & you feel SO much better afterwards!

As I say when I am Speaking…

“Anxiety is created in the thought of doing something – not actually doing that thing.  Yet we feel mentally, emotionally, spiritually & physically the pain of that as if it were actually happening!”

Tech has played a huge role in eliminating procrastination from my life – and allows me to ‘manage the manageables’ – one of my top tips I give away.  By this, what I mean is to take care of anything that could go wrong – then all you are left with is the stuff that blindsides us – which NO ONE can anticipate!

Overcoming Procrastination

So – with that in mind – here are a few tips on avoiding procrastination in your business life;

  • Use Signable – seriously!  I get my enquiries to bookings in minutes & gives me peace of mind that I am covered. 
  • Use a ‘To-Do’ list – there are lots out there – but here’s the key part – then get stuff done! 
  • Use a CRM system – I use one that integrates with Signable so that I never let the ball drop when contacting clients & prospects.
  • Use an online payment platform – I now only take bookings with payment upfront – because when a booking is received – I will actively turn down business.  So I need peace of mind that it’s sorted. Plus I’m British & we hate chasing money! 

I hope my ramblings have helped you – but feel free to get in touch www.nickelston.com if you want to chat some more!

Nick Elston is an International Inspirational Speaker and the creator of #TalkingAnxiety. You can find out more at www.nickelston.com

About Tom McFadyen

Tom is the Marketing Manager at Signable. He loves all things digital marketing, running, travelling, and the movies of John Carpenter.