Procrastination At Work Makes Launching Your Venture Prohibitive

Employment's Impact On Starting A Business



Guideline # 7: Find The Most Optimal Way To Do Your Job. Then Stick To It For Your Startup's Sake!


optimize A job description tells you what the job is. But it won't tell you how to do the job. You must find the most optimal way to do the work that you have, whether it is for pay or not, but especially if you're getting a paycheck for doing it.

If you do not optimize the way that you do your work for your employer, then this inefficiency will ruin your potential for launching your own business for as long as you're employed.

You can't equally serve two masters.

Sit down alone during lunch time and examine your job closely. Run a fine-toothed comb through it. Assess what the regular work priorities are. What are the most difficult tasks? Which ones produce the most impact to the business that you're getting a paycheck from, regardless of complexity?

Then ask, "Where am I concentrating my efforts?"

Think now of avoiding procrastination as your guiding principle. Imagine different situations that might occur, and the relationships that you need to cultivate and nurture at work to help you accomplish your objectives there.

Study the short term goals versus the long term goals that you've been assigned.

Are you delaying completing any assignment that might have enduring impact on the business because of these relationships? Are you concentrating with the right people where you should in order to deliver the most that you can in the amount of time that you're paid to produce it?

If you're not, then you're likely robbing yourself not only of success at work but of time outside of work, because by not performing splendidly at work you're more likely to be dragging work and stress back home with you.

This can either translate into an additional and often uncompensated workload that you end up doing for your employer to make up for your ineffectiveness. Or it translates into more tired limbs at the end of the day, with no strength left to start your own business on your own time.


You're Not Your Employer's Top Priority

Procrastination at work is the kiss of death to anyone wanting to start a small business while fully employed by someone else.

Your employer's main priority is happy, profitable customers. The employees are a means to that end. You get paid to achieve that end and not your own ends.

Whatever else you believe, believe that the moment you no longer meet this purpose in your employer's mind, you will be discarded no matter how much you're liked as a person.

You don't have to like the truth. You only have to accept it.

If at work you've developed a strong sense of smell and have judged character with surprising accuracy, then use that to your advantage. Try to distinguish the good colleagues from the back stabbers. Study their motives for showing up to work every day.

It's easy to receive cooperation from the good ones, harder from the blockers or those who resent you. If hostile feelings are preventing you from doing an effective job helping your employer improve customer relations, then don't procrastinate because you dislike confrontation.

Deal with the problem. Nip it in the bud. Win the confidence and trust of others. Help them not to procrastinate so that you don't procrastinate. Seek to help them succeed. Take action.

Don't wait. If you analyze too much, you could easily get paralyzed and stay stuck in analysis mode. This leads to tunnel vision. You could also get mired in corporate politics, which is far worse than procrastination.

If you eliminate procrastination from your life, you avoid tunnel vision and corporate politics far better than most. As Jane Smith said in Successful Work Habits in a Week, "there is always more than one way to get to where you want to be. Make the effort to look for the alternatives even if they are hard to find at first."

It's one thing to try to win your colleagues' collaboration. Playing martyr is another.

Learn to say no, no matter how much you like or admire a colleague. You're not at work to cement friendships. You're there to help someone please someone else's customers. So clock in each day. Stick to the agenda and do the work. Then clock out and go home to work on your own customers until they become the main or sole master that you work for.

Keep the emotions of your colleagues – and yours – at bay. If a colleague is in trouble and you've helped her in the past, let her deal with matters herself next time. Don't leave a task undone just so you can offer a helping hand to everyone. Treat adults as adults and concentrate your off hours on launching your own business.

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