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Deal with procrastinators

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Telling a chronic procrastinator “Just do it” is like telling a clinically depressed person to cheer up.

Procrastinators often worry what co-workers think about them. Others would rather be seen as lacking effort than lacking capacity. Some are further hindered by perfectionism. They often feel guilty. Plus, now we have all the distractions of social media.

One way to fight dithering is to break down a project into small steps that take from half an hour to two hours each—three hours tops.

But for chronic procrastinators, you may need to bring in a psychologist who uses cognitive behavior therapy to get your employees’ jobs under control.

— Adapted from “Overwhelmed, and Prone to Procrastinate,” Phyllis Korkki, The New York Times.

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