Don’t Delay

Orangeville, ON (My Corner Office) According to studies summarized in Inc. magazine last January, chronic procrastinators tend to earn less, suffer more anxiety and have a higher risk of heart attacks or strokes. So if you want to put less procrastination onto your to-do list, or you want others in your orbit to get things done more promptly, here’s some additional relevant research.

Business school professors at the University of Otago in New Zealand set up a task where they gave some participants a one-week deadline, others a one-month deadline and others no deadline at all. The no-deadline folks responded most. Next were the one-week people, while the one-monthers responded least.

“A longer deadline removes the urgency to act,” Professor Stephen Knowles said. “People therefore put off undertaking the task, and then they are inattentive or forget.”

Net takeaway: Putting off that nasty to-do until tomorrow is OK, but putting off until next month will send it off the cliff to oblivion.

Remember too, that you can always create deadlines for yourself by promising to someone who agrees to be your task master.

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  1. Some procrastination at work is less evident, such as employees spending time on tasks that are easy and not as stressful. You could have someone make a really cool Excel spreadsheet instead of phoning clients.

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