why do we procrastinate? all day yesterday I procrastinated writing this post because I wasn’t exactly sure how to write it. then, I wrote half the post, got “distracted” and spent 20 minutes reading fashion blogs. I think most of us procrastinate for two reasons: out of habit and because it’s easier to avoid stuff then to deal with it head on. here’s the thing though, even if you have a legitimate reason to procrastinate, there’s almost always at least one tiny thing you can do to move the needle forward. maybe it’s writing the first sentence on that novel you’ve been meaning to write, answering one email, or tidying up one corner of the house. it just takes one step at a time to kill procrastination.
in my opinion, failing to follow up with someone is the absolute worst form of procrastination there is. here’s why. following up with someone, whether it be to touch base, schedule coffee, or otherwise make forward progress, involves not only you, but also at least one other person. so when you fail to follow up, you’re failing both yourself and that other person. you’re missing out on something genuine and real and something that could be super cool. additionally, you’re missing opportunities and potentially tarnishing your reputation with that person.
there’s such a wide variety of types of follow through that I won’t take the time to list them here. there are however, a few simple categories that we all need to keep in mind:
the work follow through: always always follow through with everyone and anyone at work. never fail to follow up or address something.
the personal follow through: if you’re a good person and don’t want to go to the land of “I have no friends because I was rude”, make sure to follow up with your friends. don’t leave their invite to the opera hanging just because you didn’t get to it. show them you love them by following through.
the potential follow through: this category is for all of the “maybe’s” in life. i.e. the potential future jobs, the new project, the new man. if you’ve experienced FOMO before, you’re setting yourself up for more of that if you don’t follow through.
so what’s a girl to do to properly make sure she’s following through? make up a system of checks and balances so that you keep yourself in check. I personally have a rule that I cannot open a personal email unless I intend on answering it right then. if I can’t, I won’t allow myself to open the email. this kills me because I HATE unopened email. I also use a markup system in my emails to make sure I haven’t missed anything. this comes in handy with work emails when I need to prioritize tasks via email or schedule a follow up. whatever you do, don’t be the girl that never follows up. you’re cheating yourself and making an unwanted name out of that lovely name of yours.