Procrastination: Our Biggest Nemesis!

Procrastination: Our Biggest Nemesis!

Is procrastination your biggest nemesis? Have you ever made a plan for the week ahead, only to realise at the end of the week that only 70% of tasks have been achieved? The project that was due on Monday is now delayed, due to other tasks taking valuable time. The dentist appointment was cancelled again, postponing it for another month. These examples can leave us with longer ‘to-do’ lists, than we started out with, for our next week’s schedule. We can start to feel overwhelmed with the thought of the impending tasks, which can leave us feeling a demotivated, deflated and frustrated.

Thesaurus defines the word procrastination as ‘defer, delay, postpone, stall, adjourn and putting off’. When we decide on any of these nouns for any activity, are we fooling ourselves? Is it that we initially planned too much into our week or have distractions sabotaged our best plans? Do we play super-hero in our lives, thinking that we are proficient at multi-tasking and need to be busy all the time?

We need to ask ourselves what is the pay-off for procrastination?  Putting jobs on the long finger, in both our careers and personal life, only serves to increase the pressure of an already busy life. Allowing distractions to consume and interrupt our flow of a prescheduled plan for the week and months ahead can be the biggest reason of why we procrastination. We may find ourselves being incapable of pulling up our reserves to finish those jobs because our stores of energy are at an all-time low and we don’t have the mental capacity to think clearly.

The solution can be simple. Go back to the drawing board and check:

  • –  Do we need to stop being a ‘people-pleaser’ person, and start saying ‘no’ more often?
  • –  Recognise that we have limits on our time and capability, and ask can we delegate jobs to colleagues or partners?
  • –  Can we switch off and restore the body and mind to help us increase our performance, and succeed at attaining a well-balanced ‘to-do’ list?
  • –  Do we need to ask: are some of our plans or jobs ready to be started yet? Have we been overenthusiastic to accomplish tasks ahead of time?
  • –  Are we being a ‘martyr’ in our career and work lives?
  • –  Do we need to take a relaxing holiday really soon, to recharge the batteries of our soul?
  • –  Can we change for the better?

Self-understanding and investing in our personal development is our first step to change in dealing with procrastination. Realising that it’s ok to fail in accomplishing what we initially set out to achieve is important. After all, we are only human. Reinvesting in our health and mental well-being, and family needs to be a priority in our lives. Allowing ourselves to be human and not a super-hero is ok too.

Starting with the important stuff first and taking it bit-by-bit, one day at a time, can make the whole process of work and life a lot easier. Eliminating non-essential activities can lessen the pressure, and even allow time to inhale the luxurious quiet moments of life again. Is it possible to seek an extended deadline on that project to allow for rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit to complete the job? Sometimes that we need to realise that in life we need to ask for a little compassion and seek the support of family, friends and professionals to help us when we are struggling to maintain balance.

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Why We Have Requested All Of Our Office Staff and Temp Workers to Maintain a Contact Log

Why We Have Requested All Our Office Staff and Temp Workers to Maintain a Contact Log

As an agency that is privileged and proud to provide essential frontline workers that prepare and serve meals to healthcare staff, patients and service users, we take our responsibility toward our staff, temp workers and the wider community, seriously. We recommend that all our Temp Workers maintain a Contact Log. This is because as essential workers, they are travelling to and from work that often involves offering frontline services within a healthcare setting.

 

We also recommend that our Office Staff maintain a Contact Log. While we have taken steps to minimise face to face interactions by digitalising processes, maintaining social distancing guidelines, staggering work times and offering staff the option to work from home on certain days to minimise the number of people in the office; commuting into work and hiring on frontline staff can bring them in contact with the virus.

 

 

Contact Tracing Policy

To this end, our new Contact Tracing Policy has followed best practice and recommended that all Office Staff and Temp Workers to fill in a Daily Contact Log. We’ve communicated this officially, though our HR portal  and we’ve sent out texts and WhatsApp messages with information that’s accessible and easy to understand.

 

So why maintain a Contact Log at all? Maintaining a contact log is important because it helps the Health Service Executive (HSE) prevent the spread of COVID-19 by assisting the HSE’s Contact Tracing Team to quickly, efficiently and accurately Identify Close Contacts of people with COVID-19. This is important because the faster they identify Close Contacts, the quicker they can ask them to self-isolate, therefore protecting other family members and the wider community by restricting the spread of the virus.

 

This way we’re keeping our loved ones safe and we’re supporting the HSE by ensuring that the virus is not spreading. This means that the number of COVID-19 cases are kept under control so that healthcare works and other workers who work in a healthcare setting are not overwhelmed. Keeping the numbers down also helps ensure that the HSE has sufficient resources for people with COVID-19 who do require hospitalisation or Intensive Care.

 

Video: How to Maintain a Contact Log

So, how do you maintain a contact log? Watch our video on maintaining a contact log here: 

 

Read more about how to maintain a contact log here with our PDF: How to Distinguish Between a Close Contact and a Casual Contact

 

Stay Safe!

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Feeling Stuck In Your Career?

Feeling Stuck In Your Career?

Do you feel happy in your current job or are you feeling stuck in your career? This is a positive question to ask; especially when we feel that our career has reached its full maturity. It can open the door to help identify if it is time for a change. The right change can come in many forms, including promotion within existing employment or change to a new employer.

This leads to the next step in asking another set of questions, including:

  • –  Do current skills need to be updated for an opportunity to seek a promotion?
  • –  Is there an opportunity to progress with the current organisation?
  • –  Does the job interfere with personal life activities, leaving little quality time in personal life?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then reassessing our life and current skills can be essential to identifying our next option. Assessing where we are at right now and where we would like to be in five years can provide the first insights on this process. Planning for both short-term and long-term career changes can help with the process, by breaking the changes into manageable bite-sizes. 

Many people go about their lives without fulfilling their fullest potential. Some may feel that they are at a crossroads in their life. There are many support networks available to help with any transition. This can include consulting with a Career Coach. The insights gained from this option can unlock hidden potential within, which can propel us on a new course for any future career. For example, their insights may identify that a natural leader is our top ability and that the job we are currently in is not fulfilling our true potential.

Other support networks can include family and friends. People that we have regular contact with in our lives can sometimes provide fresh insights and new opportunities, if we are brave enough to ask. Their feedback to the right questions can provide insight into unique talents that have yet to be explored. For instance asking how other people see us in both our work and personal life, can provide clarity on our next step. Asking for honest evaluation of our personal strengths and weaknesses can also provide insight to deepen our self-understanding.

It is important to ask the right people, the right questions. Truly supportive relationships will reciprocate positive feedback to help with becoming motivated on our journey. We need to remember, that in life, there are many options and it is never too late to alter the direction of our career. Sometimes all it takes is a little courage to change, resilience and clarity of focus to make the first step. Be the campaigner of your own destiny!

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