…, sometimes it’s boredom, sometimes it’s shame. But whatever that feeling is, we don’t like it. And putting off our work until later is a great way to temporarily make that uncomfortable emotion dissipate or go away entirely. In other words, when we procrastinate, we’re making a decision based on what feels good in the moment rather than what’s in our overall best interest in the long run.
It’s no surprise that employees feel and perform better when their work serves a purpose. Too often, managers take for granted that the organization’s purpose is ever-present in employees’ minds. But for many staff members — like the accountant working on monthly financial reports or the service rep dealing with angry customers — the bigger picture can quickly fall out of focus.
“One is to be yourself. Think about the attributes you have and use them as an asset to drive your mission. And if the company needs something different, you still show up as you and then find somebody who’s better than you at those things to help you.”