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Responsibility and Procrastination - Not a Good Combination

Carole DeJarnatt

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I am re-living lessons that I learned by trial and error in my younger years. Responsibility and procrastination do not work together. I am re-living this while my son is learning his lessons by trial and error. If you are a parent you know that a lot of our life revolves around our children.

Most of us have procrastinated at one time or another. My son chose to ignore the law by not abiding by the speed limit. Not so bad except for he did it again within a few months. Not only did he get a couple of tickets but he failed to pay them. He had a responsibility and procrastinated or ignored the tasks and his license got suspended. The last time he got pulled over the consequences were a lot more serious than lack of responsibility.

What if we chose to run our business or do our jobs in this fashion? What if we successfully brought in new clients and then procrastinated or ignored the need to complete the assignment or job in a timely manner? The most probable consequences are you will lose the clients, be reprimanded, or as in my sons case, lose your job (he lost his license for a year)!

Stop putting off until tomorrow what you can accomplish today! Steps to proceed:

  1. Baby Steps-(Ever seen the movie What About Bob?) Start on the project or task completing one step at a time and before long you are almost complete.
  2. Thoroughly check and recheck your work. Do not leave out any of the steps. Make sure the tasks are correct and complete.
  3. Completion to satisfaction. If the task is for someone else, make sure they are satisfied. If for you, you have to be satisfied just in the fact that you have the task out of the way!

If you have been procrastinating on tasks that fall under your responsibility, start today! Do not let your reputation be ruined by lack of motivation. A good reputation carries a lot of weight in business and personal pursuits.

Carole DeJarnatt is the President of Alliance Advisors, Inc. , a business advisory and coaching firm for development and implementation of strategies to grow and enhance businesses for greater success in their future. For more information you can visit the company website at Alliance Advisors, Inc.


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