There is little doubt you’ve heard of procrastination. After all, one 2019 study found that 88% of the workforce tends to procrastinate for at least one hour a day.
It’s just so easy to procrastinate: messaging apps like Slack, with its signature “Knock Brush” sound, disturb our concentration all through the day as multiple messages land. Our phones and fitness trackers waylay us also, and there’s certainly no point in starting a new task when you’ve got a video call in 15 minutes, is there?
But why do we do it in the first place? There are many reasons, and they can include that paralysing feeling when you are trying to pursue perfection. It’s nearly easier to never start. Employees may also be afraid they’ll mess up––a great deterrent––or are just badly organised when it comes to time management.
Then there is the rise of “quiet quitting”, a recent workplace trend rooted in a lack of engagement that’s all about doing the bare minimum. Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?