Posted by Adam Malanaphy, Project Coordinator at Glenmont Group
Definition of PROCRASTINATE:
: to put off intentionally and habitually
: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done
I had always been under the impression that procrastination was to be avoided until one of the best sales candidates in the eDiscovery industry (who wishes to remain nameless) suggested that I may be wrong. After further analysis of his simple comment I began to construct my own viewpoint.
Depending on the individual in question, procrastination may be interpreted as either a negative or as a positive issue. The common stance on procrastination is that it yields poor performance in the work place by producing less efficient use of time or a less effective level of focus.
Granted, the above explanation has a sufficient amount of truth value. However after further analysis, one can look at procrastination in a more positive light. During my daily networking tasks, procrastination can actually play a key role in yielding performance that is both more efficient and productive. I must admit that everyone has the capacity to become distracted at some point, but as distractions become to frequent simply procrastinate!
As an employee of the Glenmont Group, our nation’s leading recruitment firm in the Legal IT space, this technique proves to be useful in high stress situations where I myself have found it effective to simply save the stress for later and tackle the more important task at hand, (much like the Giants will repeatedly tackle Alex Smith in this week’s NFL playoff game). In other words it is far more important to focus my energy on finding the most effective candidate available in order to keep our clients organizations functioning at the top of their industry, than to ponder about whether or not I will go completely grey by age thirty. Designating a specific time at the end of the day can help structure this event. If one’s topic of concern is miniscule and not immediately life altering, one can cut down their “stress time,” on a regular basis with the goal of reducing stress from one’s life and procrastinating more effectively.