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Aug 20, 2021

4 perils of procrastination

Dear valued customer,

The list of quotations related to procrastination seems endless. Some are provocative, others humorous:

  • “A month from now you will wish you had started today.”
  • “Follow through is what separates dreamers from those who accomplish great things.”
  • “Procrastination is the assassin of opportunity.”
  • “Anything worth putting off is worth abandoning altogether.”
  • “If it weren’t for the last minute, very little would get done.”
  • “Never put off till tomorrow what you can possibly do the day after.”
  • “Procrastinate today; don't put it off.”

Now that we’ve had a little fun, let’s consider some unkind consequences for putting off projects.

Procrastination delays the project

This is the obvious one. If you delay the start of a project, there’s a higher chance you’re putting the targeted deadline at risk. Starting on time is the best guarantee for finishing on time.

And depending on the priority of the project in question, delaying its completion may have severe implications for your company, your department, or your customer.

Procrastination delays next projects

If you’re late delivering on this project, then you may be late beginning the next one.

A vicious cycle can result from putting off today’s project. Let’s say you’re 3 days late on the scheduled start. We can reasonably assume that you’ll be 3 days late on the delivery, which amounts to a late start on the next initiative.

That might sound innocent enough, but what if your deliverable is only one link in a long dependency chain of tasks that collectively amounts to a big deliverable? Now those who are waiting for you are set up for failure.

And let’s hope none of them are procrastinators!

Procrastination is habit forming

And when I finally complete my project 3 days late, are we to assume that I’m going start my next scheduled project immediately? Probably not.

That’s because procrastination is habit forming. That is, I’m more likely to procrastinate on the next project if the consequences for delaying the previous one were not painful enough.

That means an additional delay of 3 days before beginning the next project, making its delivery now 6 days late!

Procrastination puts you at risk

Procrastinators are not bad people, and everyone delays work at some point or another.

But not all people habitually procrastinate.

In this competitive workspace, someone else out there who is qualified to do my job may not have the habit of procrastinating.

It’s true at the corporate level as well. Some companies are busy innovating while others are procrastinating, putting them at risk in a competitive market.

Let us help

“Innovation is the rule” is a company value at OneSource Virtual. We’re constantly innovating new ways to free up your time so you can focus on the core business of your company—work that you know better than anyone else. So, let us help you with work that we know better than anyone else (perhaps work that you’d rather put off).

We’re here for you, and we want to help in any way we can. So please reach out and let us know if there are services we can deliver—on time—for you or your employees.

As you can see, you remain at the center of everything we do. Thank you for partnering with us and for placing your trust in OSV.

Jeff Miller

Global Brand Marketing and Communications Director

About OneSource Virtual

OneSource Virtual (OSV) is the Workday partner that has helped more than 1,300 companies with everything from deployment to maintenance to payroll and more—all to make the day more doable. Founded in 2008, OSV pioneered Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) and has become the leading provider of automated solutions for organizations of all sizes using Workday, delivering services with unparalleled choices, unwavering commitment, and uncompromising care. OneSource Virtual’s global headquarters is located in Dallas, Texas, with additional locations across North America and Europe. OneSource Virtual: let’s make the day more doable. Find your company’s solution at www.onesourcevirtual.com.