If you think you’re guilty of procrastinating in making major decisions or fulfilling certain goals for your practice, you may be in trouble.
Procrastination is bad for business — any business.
According to an article in Psychology Today, 20 percent of Americans identify themselves as “chronic procrastinators” — but according to the article, procrastinators come in several varieties:
- People who get aroused: get a rush from waiting for the last possible minute to do something.
- People who avoid: may fear failure or success, but would rather not have to confront the job at hand, or be judged by the outcome.
- People who can’t or won’t make decisions: so they don’t have to take responsibility for the outcome of those decisions.
Ok, let’s face it: there are some very “un-fun” things that need to be done to create a successful business. And there’s nothing easier to put off than “un-fun” stuff.
An article in Real Simple lists several ways to stop procrastinating, including:
- Do the Worst Thing First – Get your most dreaded tasks done as soon as possible; don’t let the dread linger over the greater part of your day.
- Start Your Day Over at 2 p.m.– If you feel like you’ve wasted the first part of the day, start over with renewed intent
- Don’t Interrupt Yourself – Don’t let phone calls. social media, or electronics that aren’t part of the business you need to accomplish distract you from what needs to be done.
Check out the blog for more information on how procrastinating might be negatively impacting your business and what you can do about it.
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“Massage therapists who procrastinate often pay a big price in their businesses and health: lost income, insomnia and anxiety are just a few of the negative effects of putting things off.
This insidious habit of delay usually continues for as long as the payoff for delaying exceeds the high price it creates.”