Procrastination, an age old problem!
Again and again, clients come to me with the problem of procrastination in the workplace. Does this sound familiar? It may well, for none of us are unique on this one. For some reason we all tend to put off certain tasks, and then find ourselves in a rut: the more time goes by and we haven’t done them, the less we want to have anything to do with them!
My client, a very successful legal professional, brought exactly this matter to his coaching session this week.
There were six specific tasks that he had not attended to when he should have, and now too much time had passed. He felt uneasy and ashamed to go back, pick up the task again, and make contact with the clients.
We looked at the first of these tasks and worked out what were the barriers to taking action. The key culprits were fear of appearing foolish, uncertainty regarding a technical matter that required external intervention, and waiting on others for information.
I encouraged my client to talk through the task, to break it down and deal with each point of resistance, until he could see how easily and efficiently he could attend to it and complete it. None of them, he realised, required more than a couple of hours of his time.
We did the same for another two from his list of six, and by the end of the hour my client was confident that he would go back to work and complete all the tasks over the forthcoming week. He felt both relieved and pleased to have found a strategy that would make sure he got things done – a strategy that would work for him.
All the best,
London Life Coach & Business Coach, London UK
Certified High Performance Coach & Master NLP Practitioner
Natalie Dee, London Life Coach works in the area of lifestyle management as a London life coach, using life coaching with confidence coaching and NLP both in London and throughout the UK, applying techniques such as NLP, EFT and Hypnotherapy to improve levels of self-confidence as well as relationships, personal health, finance and career. Life coaching London, UK and worldwide available.
Posted in Business Coaching, Life Coaching, Performance, Self Confidence on July 19, 2010
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