Step 02: Understand Procrastination Can Also Make You Work Harder
In the last chapter, you learned that procrastination makes you work slower, leading to you getting less done than you could in a set amount of time. You also learned that procrastination will likely lead to lower-quality work being done. However, procrastination doesn’t just make you work slower; it also makes you work harder as well.
Procrastination will make you work harder because procrastinating means taking longer than is necessary with a set task in order to avoid doing another required task to achieve the main goal you want to achieve. You procrastinate in order to avoid something that you perceive to be unpleasant and that you want to avoid.
As discussed in the last chapter, you’ll spend more time on an enjoyable task because you want to avoid a less enjoyable task as much as possible. The problem with this approach is, the more time you spend on the enjoyable task, the less time you have to work on the less enjoyable task you’re trying to avoid.
To compensate for the lost time, you will have to do one of two things:
- You’ll have to work faster (and harder) on the less enjoyable task to stay on schedule.
- You’ll have to give yourself more time to complete the less enjoyable task to put the required amount of effort and work in to do the task well, leading to a delay in the overall project.
If you choose option two, you’ll delay the overall project, which can impact your profits, your reputation, and more. Thus, option two is an option you really cannot afford to make, leaving you with option one: Working faster and harder to make up for your procrastination.
We discussed in the last chapter why working slower can have detrimental effects on your work. It can cause you to have to speed up the rest of your work, which can lead to producing lower-quality work. This is especially true since you will be doing faster work on a task or part of a project you were trying to avoid in the first place through procrastination.
In addition, you will have to work harder in order to complete the project you are working on in the allotted time for the project. That is because you will have to extensively focus on completing the task you were avoiding because you have a very strict time limit to complete it in or suffer damage to your credibility, reputation, and profitability. There is no margin for error now- any mistake or slip-up by you now will lead to lost credibility, a damaged reputation, and a reduction in profits because you will not hold true to your word when you would have a project completed.
If you’re an Internet marketer and announced that you would release your next product on a certain date, but don’t, the damage to your credibility will last for a very long time. The consequences would likely include other Internet marketers not wanting to work with you on joint ventures because they’ll see you as unreliable. You’ll also lose credibility with customers and potential customers because they will see you as untrustworthy because you said your new product would be on a specific date, then wasn’t. They’ll always have doubt in their minds when it comes to you telling them something, questioning whether they can believe you or not. That is certainly not good for building up a relationship with them and having them purchase your products and/or services.
Therefore, you have to do everything you can to stay on the planned or announced schedule you have and finish your project in time so you can stay on that schedule. This means that you have to make up for the time you lost procrastinating, which means you’ll have to work harder to make up for that lost time.
Working harder means you won’t be able to take regular breaks throughout the rest of the time you work on your task or project, which can hamper your focus and cause you to make more errors, something you really can’t afford to do because you’re not on a very strict time limit. Additionally, the work will be more draining to you because you really can’t take any meaningful breaks because of the limited time that remains to complete the work.
This is why procrastination is something you have to avoid at virtually all costs; it will only cause you to work harder and produce lower-quality work. Therefore, procrastination doesn’t allow you to escape or avoid the work you want to avoid; on the contrary, you’ll have to focus even harder and do even more challenging work to complete it.
In the next chapter, you will learn why doubting your own abilities is a reason why many people procrastinate and cause them to work at a slower pace, which makes them less efficient and productive than they can be.