Manufacture Your Day by TURNING YOUR WEAKNESSES INTO STRENGTHS
Today I would like to introduce you to a master procrastinator. Yes, this is me. A while ago I received this plaque as a special gift for me and my office.
It is true, every project I work on seems to be a last-minute thing. Whenever I go on a trip, I will either pack the night before or the day of.
The worst thing is when I know for months that I have to design a new workshop. I just cannot tap into my creativity when I have so much time on my hands.
While this can be stressful at times, I have come to terms with it.
The worst thing you can do is to deny that a certain weakness exists. I have embraced procrastination because I actually find it beneficial for the kind of work I do.
My mental strategy for procrastination is reframing (= I assign a different meaning): Procrastination is one of my special talents.
I am a procrastinator BUT I
- deliver my best work when I am under time pressure.
- am very fast when it comes to packing and getting ready for a trip.
- become super creative and innovative when I have limited time.
- have more mental flexibility than most people.
- know how to calm myself down when time seems to run out.
- always get the job done and I do it well.
Why do I tell you this?
Employees in the corporate world are incredibly hard on themselves. Too many people are too focused on their weaknesses rather than acknowledging their strengths.
How can you turn one of your weaknesses into a strength?
Here is a TED talk about procrastination that is excellent. Consider making the time to watch it: Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator
Don’t be hard on yourself. You’re living and learning at all times! That’s what life is about.
Food for Thought:
It’s o.k. to be o.k. with your imperfections. You’re a human being.
What’s not o.k. is when you never think about how to improve yourself or how you can become better at what you do.
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