03 October 2013

Procrastination is the killer

Personally I find the busier I become, the harder it is to make a decision. I get bombarded with literally hundreds of messages every day, from the phone, email, text messages and letters. There is so much to do that finding the time to make a decision on any one thing can be really difficult. But if I don’t make decisions, my workload backs up and it is easy to get a little overwhelmed.

A friend of mine who had run some very large corporations pulled me aside a little while ago and gave me some important advice. She said I had to learn to start making decisions right now; not to keep putting them on the back burner for when I would have more time to think about them. I took her advice and she was spot on.

I now make decisions on the spot as often as possible. Some things need a little more time to ponder but in reality the vast majority of my decisions are simple yes or no options that someone else needs to action. This has had quite an amazing flow on to my daily workload: it seems I have a lot less to do, I don’t go home with a never ending list of things to think about and everyone I deal with is happier because they are getting their decisions quickly.

Sure sometimes I make the wrong decisions, but that happened before as well. We all get it right sometimes and wrong at others but I think the number of wrong decisions I make has declined significantly.

Whichever way you look at it, overwhelm leads to procrastination and that is not a good thing for any business. Become really good at making decisions quickly and you will notice a lot changes for the better.



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