Nothing in life will be as exhausting as working with a procrastinator and the worse will be to work with them if they are your “Boss”. Generally, a procrastinator works only with a deadline. And the deadline comes only when they feel the urgency. And as a boss they the moment they feel the emergency, they will make you spin around to complete the task in no time regardless of the work you look after at the present moment.
Working with a procrastinating boss can be dreadfully stressful. The stress is not just because we will be working unduly in the eleventh hour, it is actually due to the dissatisfaction on self for not delivering a quality output though we have all the potential to complete the task perfectly. And over a period of time, we may lose the self-confidence as people would brand us for low-quality output. As we can never change the personal traits of a person, here are four suggestions which could help you to cope up with the boss-made-stress: –
Develop Empathy: The first and the foremost skill we need to develop while working with a procrastinator both at home and at the office is “Empathy”. Understanding why they do what they do will change our perception towards the individual and the perception will definitely change our actions. Understand that procrastinator always need a push or pull to move ahead and they may also suffer inside due to indecisiveness. I am not very sure on how much this skill will help you solve the issues in hand, but I am sure this skill will help you a lot to reduce your reaction towards the person/situation.
Always work with a plan: Have a predefined schedule of the tasks you work with and keep updating the task progress for example in an Excel sheet. As we will be working with many projects in hand, the procrastinator boss may be asking for the progress of something which we did several months before and it will be really irritating to brush our memory to give an instant update.
Try Persuading: When you know that a project or a task is important and any delay will have a huge impact, try persuading your boss by magnifying the ill effects of not completing the task on time. Have specific data in your hand, it may aid them to take a decision immediately and the thoughts of ill effects may push them towards action.
Build a Relationship: As you have already started building the foundation for your relationship with “Empathy”, it would have created a way to shape up the relationship with your boss. When the boss starts feeling you are trustworthy, he/she may even open up why they procrastinate and you can find out ways to tackle the issue.