ah, the sweet sound of deadlines rushing by
January 31, 2007 8:32 AM Subscribe
How do I get over my laziness, procrastination, and foot-dragging in my office job?
posted by nevers to work & money (32 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
I have fallen into an embarassingly lazy state. I turn things in at the last minute or late. I have come to regard almost all deadlines as fuzzy. I still make the major deadlines, and I'm still doing my job, but I tend not to complete non-essential job duties unless someone chases me.
I've always been an overacheiver in the past I am horrified to realize that I've become mediocre in my job rather than excellent. It's making me feel awful about myself, and I really don't want to be the slacker everybody hates working with.
But every time I promise myself to be productive or to tackle the things I've been putting off or do whatever it takes to meet an upcoming deadline, I decide a second later that there's no real reason to work that hard when I can just finish the thing late or not do it at all like I've been doing for months. "She'll email me again if she really needs it," I tell myself.
Obviously, my heart is not in this job right now. But dragging my feet is only making it worse. How can I fake it? And make myself stick to deadlines and quality standards with very little outside reinforcement (my boss is hands off and wants to stay that way)?
(Should I mention that part of the trouble with being productive is I am anxious in some way about just about everything I've been putting off, and I don't have time for therapy right now because I'm training to be an ACROBAT for goodness sake?)