It’s so easy to procrastinate in the workplace, and everyone is guilty of it. In fact, studies have shown that procrastination comprises over a quarter of most people’s working days, costing employers about $10,000 per employee per year (via ResearchGate). While the reasons for procrastination vary, there are a few things you can do that will help keep those procrastination urges at bay while increasing productivity:
- Keep your area uncluttered
A person spends 4.3 hours every week on average searching for documents and files (via Inc.com). If your desk or area is too messy, then you probably won’t want to spend that amount of time looking for things. A messy area is yet another perfect reason to procrastinate, and we don’t need more reasons for something we do so much already! The point is, keep it organized and keep it clean.
- Block off time
Book time in your calendar so that you stay committed to doing those tasks you’ve put off. Rather than schedule a reoccurring amount of time every week, which you likely won’t stick to, block off a section of time every Monday and stick to that week’s time commitment.
- Step out of your Comfort Zone
Procrastination can be a result out of nervousness or fear. For example, if you’ve been asked to present sales figures and the new tactics you’ve recently employed in front of a group of people, your anxiety may be keeping you from getting the presentation in order. Take a breath and try stepping out of your comfort zone. The more prepared you are the better!
- Divide and Conquer
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all your tasks, why not ask a trusted co-worker to help you out or bring it to management? There’s nothing wrong with dividing your work or asking people to help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed.
- Stay Clear of Procrastinators
We all know the type! The person who will seemingly lure you into their procrastination cycle of doom, chatting your ear off and stopping you from focusing on your sales or other job functions. Research has shown that “’chatty coworkers’ are the biggest distraction at the office […] followed by ‘office noise’” (via Ladders). Staying clear of those procrastinators will get you back on the productivity track!
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up
So, you’ve had a really unproductive few days! Rather than dwell and continue to be unproductive, take action and tackle what you didn’t get done. Experts have said that one of the best things you can do to solve your procrastination is to forgive yourself and move on (SalesRadar). Turn the page on your unproductive days and move forward!
Procrastination can be especially damaging in a job that requires you to sell, since it may lead to less leads, less customers, and as a result, lower sales. Plus, if you’re putting off interacting with your existing customers, they may get annoyed and go elsewhere!
If you need some guidance on the customer side of things and creating buyer loyalty, check out our other article “Top 3 Qualities to Create Repeat Customers.”