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Stop procrastinating about survey action planning

12 Dec 2018 - Blog

Stop procrastinating about survey action planning


We would probably all agree that action following an employee survey is of vital importance, yet when it comes to the execution of them we often seem to lack the ability to build the right momentum and get things done.

Why do we delay certain tasks until the very last minute? Or worse yet, why do we entirely avoid doing a task that should take precedence over other tasks? Why do we lack discipline, motivation, organisation, and become easily distracted? It is estimated a high number of us are procrastinators. It’s quite a troubling phenomenon and I wouldn’t be surprised if in some ways it contributes to UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’. Here are some of the reasons as to why we delay action:





 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” (Aristole)


If you know yourself to be quite the procrastinator, and do indeed have a survey action plan to write and act on, there are things you can do to certainly go from serious procrastinating to proactivity. Before acting however, there is a responsibility for senior leaders to be on board and treat this with a sense of urgency. This involves senior leaders communicating clearly why it is important and demonstrating the commitment the organisation will be making. Without the right influence and leadership buy in, no amount of action planning will work.


Half the work is done if senior leaders are on board and following some of the thoughts below will help you executive that plan perfectly.






Overcoming procrastination requires practice and repetition until the habit sits in your subconscious. The more you do it the easier it becomes. In Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers of Success’ he provides a compelling case that clocking up the hours makes someone an expert in something. Keep repeating the behaviour to make it a habit. Break your old habits by replacing them with these new ones and over time you will no doubt see the ideas and action plans becoming the reality.


Thanks to Costa Antoniou, Business Psychologist for this post.






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