#coachthursdays - HOW TO NOT PROCRASTINATE
I used to think procrastination is only when you choose to do nothing, but I have learned it is also when you choose to do other things above the more important things you should do. I recently got sent a £100 fine for my procrastination (which I am appealing).
I was supposed to do a self-assessment tax return for the 2018-2019 year, but I was only made aware of this in 2020. Due to procrastination, even then I kept putting it off; as I had never been asked to do one before. I did not understand why I must do one now. It got me thinking about how dangerous procrastination can be, financially, physically, and economically.
The UK has officially had the most deaths in Europe from this pandemic and the most severe levels of recession in the world. Even the Queen will not be returning to her Buckingham Palace in order to avoid London. Experts suggest if it was not for our leader’s procrastination, we would not be in this situation now. GDP is down by more than 20%, whereas Germany is only down 11.9% and the US only at 10.6%. The UK has had two consecutive negative quarters (accounting reports).
The economy had dropped 2.2% in the first 3 months and is now smaller than the 2003 accounting records. Our public limited companies, shrunk by 20.4%, which is the steepest fall in modern history. Record amounts of falls in construction, services, and production. Germany and US economic recovery are said to be going well even with the Democrat versus Republican political debates. In Boris’s defence, he was trying to keep the economy running for as long as possible; but this has backfired. Other countries went into lock-down quicker, reduced lock-down restrictions quicker, and are now recovering quicker. They were not affected as much as the UK has been affected. Procrastination is literally deadly.
Recent studies have even shown how procrastination can bring on mental illness triggers; anxiety, sleep deprivation, mental exhaustion; which can then lead to further concerns. If you are no longer able to be working to your best ability, you might lose confidence due to under-performing on tasks, or missing tasks and deadlines; which then can affect your family relationships, and career progression.
Therefore, being organised and having good time management is essential. Sometimes, we can be overwhelmed by our to-do lists and this is why: –
Step 1 – Is to make better to-do lists (click here for last week’s post on making better to-do list.)
Step 2 – Is to think like a mathematician... Read more with link below. Leave a review and share. Do you battle with procrastination?