The leading item people submitted as a weakness in our
Professional Development course was procrastination.
It struck me since this is not one of my top three,
yet it is for them. Previously we mentioned this and
provided constructive feedback about structured
procrastination 2 which can be considered a professional skill.
Neil Fiore has written about the deeper aspects of
procrastination describing it as a “habit used to cope with
anxiety, fears and self-doubts” of our starting or completing
a task. It is an escape that permits us to just keep on doing
busy work, or treat everything that comes up as urgent,
or never complete things to your personal level of
satisfaction (because something else came up or
interested us.). Sound familiar?
Fiore describes how each of us can improve so that we
seem not to be “driving with our brakes on.” He proposes
forming new “Now Habits” by understanding the
procrastination triggers, their emotional origins and
some practical steps for paths to achievement for
- Schedule play
- Define and tune into our “flow states”
- Experience “controlled setbacks” where we can be alert
to finding opportunities and bounce back with renewed
So, if procrastination is one of your weaknesses that you
describe for yourself, you can demonstrate what you are
doing to overcome procrastination. These can be revealed
in stories we can tell about ourselves during interviews
a. make progress despite setbacks
b. get results on time and within budget
c. how you are continuously improving yourself
and your skills (sharpening the tools in your toolkit)
d. how you adapt to stressful situations and use
pressure to motivate for achievement.
This will be a nice seminar topic in the coming semester.