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I don't accept excuses for delays as I believe, once you've committed to do something, you deliver. So you would think that I always finish what I set out to do, right? WRONG!!!!!!
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I’m designed to procrastinate…Phew!!!

 
my journey of self discovery

I’m designed to procrastinate…Phew!!!

Posted by in Career, Multitasking 29 May 2015

I’m a paradox.  Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a go-getter and I absolutely hate any form of delays or procrastination.  I am your cliche “I wanted it yesterday” kind of person; I’m your nightmare that will go “have you tried every possible way?” before I take over the task and show you (actually prove to you) that it could be done.  I don’t accept excuses for delays as I believe, once you’ve committed to do something, you deliver. So you would think that I always finish what I set out to do, right?  WRONG!!!!!!



I don’t accept excuses for delays as I believe, once you’ve committed to do something, you deliver. So you would think that I always finish what I set out to do, right? WRONG!!!!!!

Today I am going to reveal to the world a hidden side of me, a side that very, very few know.  Only two people in this world had the privilege, until today,  to be in this inner-circle-of-knowing: my husband and my part-time assistant. Before I tell you what I’m guilty of, let me ask you a few questions.



And 2 months later, the bills are NOT paid. You incur penalty charges and ONE YEAR later, the documents are not filed and have formed a neat stack in the corner of the dining room, almost looking like a side table!!

Have you ever looked at a stack of bills and invoices and say, “I’ll handle them at the end of the week”?  Have you looked at a stack of documents and said that you will file them away at the end of the month?  Have you ever sat down with a thick ring-binder with page separators and labels with the intention to set up a filing system and then once you set it up, you say that I’ll put in the documents next week?  Have you visited several stores that sell all sorts of paraphernalia for organisation or surf the net for such products and buy them, hoping that that will get you started?  And 2 months later, the bills are NOT paid.  You incur penalty charges and ONE YEAR later, the documents are not filed and have formed a neat stack in the corner of the dining room, almost looking like a side table!!



My heart-beat increased every evening when I opened the letter box; I would leave the envelope unopened for a few days. I admonished myself  for not being on-top of the tasks and kept trying harder – setting new organisation goals and then failing at it. 

That’s has been the story of my life for the past 15 years, ever since I started my own business.  Being a small business owner, it is natural that I wanted to minimise costs by doing everything myself.  I probably managed well for about a year as the discipline was high as I needed to succeed in my business.  I was even scrubbing toilets in the preschool that I was operating at that time!  And then I began to see the problems slowly creeping up:  my heart-beat increased every evening when I opened the letter box; I would leave the envelope unopened for a few days; I would pay the credit card bills on time as I didn’t want the charges to accumulate and I left the rest of the bills unpaid; I would just leave the documents on my study table and when they got too much, I would put them in a big envelope and hide them in the book cabinet!  I admonished myself  for not being on-top of the tasks and kept trying harder – setting new organisation goals and then failing at it.  Sigh!!



It almost felt like I had a criminal charge looming over me for 10 years and suddenly the judge said “NOT GUILTY”.  


Then in 2012, an associate introduced me to a tool that was designed to assess a person’s suitability to various tasks required at the workplace, the Harrison Assessments and she got to do the Job Suitability Assessment.   *drum rolls*……and suddenly I felt this huge burden lifted off my shoulders!  For the dimension, Clerical tasks (which include filing, organising information, paying bills), I scored 2.8 out of 10! The report stated “Rachpal dislikes clerical work and probably tends to avoid it.”  And the report goes on to say that “Rachpal’s degree of enjoyment of clerical work is sufficient for this job.”  You should have seen the joy in me.  It almost felt like I had a criminal charge looming over me for 10 years and suddenly the judge said “NOT GUILTY”.



That report was a breakthrough for me.  I took the next few weeks to study the report and one of the most important learning for me was that by focusing on tasks I didn’t like, I was actually compromising my effectiveness in those areas that I am actually good at.  Another secret – when I was 19 years old, I took a secretarial course and I’m actually a qualified secretary but never worked as a secretary for even one day in my life!  Even back then I hated the filing and sorting.  I was always looking for short-cuts.



So now I have a part-time assistant who comes in once a month and sorts all the paperwork and payments for me and the filing.  And she always says “This is so easy.  I don’t know why you pay me to do this.”  And I’m sure if I got her to do the Harrison Assessments, her score on clerical will be a perfect 10!

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