Why Leaders Do Not Procrastinate

March 22, 2013 — 4 Comments

The most terrifying memory I have about procrastination was during my first semester of my freshman year of college at California State University, Stanislaus.

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The class was World History and I had missed the first exam due to a golf tournament. As the second exam approached I asked my roommate (who had the same class) what the first exam was like. He mentioned to me that the exam was very easy, that he hardly studied, and that he had received a B on the exam.

In preparation for the second exam I did the same thing he did: I hardly studied. In addition to studying very little I also waited until the night before to begin my short study session. Little did I know how this short study session the night before the test would negatively affect me the next day.

When taking the test the next day I remember feeling extremely stressed because I did not have a clue what I was being tested on. I knew I had to keep at least a 2.0 GPA in order to keep my golf scholarship, and this was one of only two classes I was taking which counted towards my GPA grade (the other two classes where credit/no credit). My stress and anxiety only worsened as the test went on.

Because of this experience I quickly learned that procrastination was something I would not participate in. Now, I proactively work on projects and do not procrastinate. This has helped me tremendously as a leader because when I do not procrastinate it helps me work better with a team.

Not procrastinating helps me when working with a team because:

  • It allows the team I work with to focus on doing what work is most important to them instead of what is most important and urgent to me.
  • It allows the team to have time to think about the work before doing it instead of having to complete it as fast as possible.
  • It allows the team produce better quality of work instead of simply doing the work because it has to be done before a specific date.

Question: Why do you not procrastinate?

Christopher L. Scott

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Christopher Scott is Small Groups Pastor at Rocky Hilly Community Church in Exeter, CA. He has more than ten years of experience leading volunteers, running nonprofit programs, and teaching the Bible in small group settings. He holds a bachelor's degree from Fresno Pacific University and master's degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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  • I’ve learned this lesson the hard way a couple of times now, too. There is not much worse than going into a demanding situation ill prepared. What kinds of things have you found helpful to keep you from procrastination over the long haul? Thanks for the post, Christopher.

    • Luke, I like to review my calendar six weeks ahead. This helps me to see what is coming and to prepare for it. Like most things, it does not work perfectly, but it does help to prevent procrastination. I hope this helps. Thanks for commenting.

  • I usually procrastinate when I feel like the task I need to do is unpleasant. Most if the time I make the excuse that I’m too busy but the reality is that I just don’t want to do it