Newsflash: Procrastination is contagious.
Well, maybe it is not a newsflash. I think we all know that you become like those that you hang out with.
It has been shown time and again that people adapt their habits and behavior to fall in line with others around them. It really doesnt matter why: whether it is science, social, or just a need to fit in. This can be applied to exercise, health, eating, beliefs, habits, and yes, productivity.
So, it is for this reason that you need to be aware that procrastination is contagious. In fact, it is a sickness that can destroy individuals and companies. Are you in danger of catching procrastination from those around you? Or did you already?
Good Influences or Bad?
Are the people you hang out with a good influence on your productivity? Do they build you up with good habits and efficiency? Or do they drag you down with slackness and procrastination?
Here are some things to consider. Do the people you associate with:
Consistently show up late to meetings?
Do they miss appointments?
Are they always rushing?
Do they finish things at the last minute?
Do they fail to meet deadlines?
Do they procrastinate?
If so, you could be following the same behaviors. Have any of these become acceptable or the norm in your life?
Is Your Company Sick?
It is not just individuals that are susceptible to the catching the procrastination. Companies can fall ill with it, too. In fact, for a company it can be so destructive that some companies ultimately do not survive the procrastination sickness.
不仅仅是个人容易养成 拖延症 的*惯，公司同样也会感染这种*惯。 事实上，对于一个公司这可能有很强的摧毁性，以至于一些公司一旦感染了拖延症这个毛病最终不能存活下去。
Does your company show any of the following symptoms:
Do projects finish late? At some companies this is so regular, that projects are given automatic extensions.
Do people sit around for hours shooting the breeze? - Of course, these companies are quick to say that their culture is based on relationships. But, sitting around every day for 3 hours discussing sports or gossip is not productive. This is not an exaggeration. Studies have shown that many workers get less than 3 hours of actual work completed in a typical day.
Are people habitually late with no consequence? - Many companies would rather look the other way than deal with workers who are habitually late.