Do you ever procrastinate as a legal nurse consultant? Put things off till the very last minute and then get stressed out trying to meet the deadline? Do you tell people you work better under pressure?
You may have told yourself that line so many times you believe it. But the bottom line is, procrastination is costing you and your legal nurse consulting business BIG time!
Emotional Cost of Procrastination
Stress and worry are a routine thing for procrastinators. Many people get moody and depressed. The project starts to feel larger and larger and you feel less and less confident in your ability to tackle it. Procrastination eats away at your confidence, slowly but surely. Over time your self-esteem decreases and you add more worry and stress to your life.
Physical Cost of Procrastination
When people procrastinate the stress often makes them tired and irritable. They get headaches, backaches, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, stomach problems, and the list goes on. The stress caused by procrastination will rear its ugly head somewhere in your body. Eating healthy and exercising help to deal with the stress, but most procrastinators put off purchasing healthy food and heading to the gym too!
Financial Cost of Procrastination
There is also a financial cost to procrastination. People miss deadlines and turn down work. This is especially devastating when you are self-employed. You don’t make enough money to pay the bills. You sink into debt. The debt adds more stress. Many people have the money in the bank, but fail to pay their bills on time. They put it off and then forget. Then they have additional fees for late payments. Enough missed payments and it hurts your credit score. Your financial future could be at stake!
Relationships Cost of Procrastination
You let down your legal nurse consulting clients, friends, and family when you procrastinate. You miss legal nurse consulting deadlines and turn work and legal nurse consulting reports in late. Or you fail to get it done and someone else ends up having to do it. Because you are stressed and near deadline all the time you work all day and evening , which means you have less time to spend with your friends or family. You miss important family events because you put things off and then have to work or you are running late and show up when the event is half over missing your child’s part in the play or the first sonogram, etc. Procrastination takes its toll on not just you – but on everyone in your life.
So even if you think procrastination isn’t a big deal, it is! It is destroying your life and the longer you put off doing something about it, the more damage it will do to your legal nurse consulting business.
Dubbed ‘Queen of Accountability’ by her clients, Debbie O’Grady is a thought leader and mentor on leveraging accountability to achieve successful outcomes. She is the visionary founder of The Accountability Squad. Debbie has seen firsthand how people’s lives are changed when they accomplish their goals. She is a business coach with over 20 years’ experience as a project manager in Corporate America.