Procrastination is another dragon that must be killed by an engineer in order to achieve professional and personal growth. Engineers often find that the result of procrastination is when the task seems horrible to the point where it overwhelms them and sinks into self-doubt. Considering the complexity and speed of implementation of many engineering projects, self-doubt is a common disease and is usually caused by fear of failure. The complexity of electronic systems, their design, construction, and use require many skills, and often require an engineer to take on new tasks beyond his or her current skill level. This can exacerbate fear and self-doubt, and procrastination seems like a quick fix to a short-term problem.
If they get worse, short-term problems will inevitably develop into long-term nightmares. So how does an engineer avoid procrastination? Fear always raises its head and self-doubt is unavoidable depending on the circumstances. If left unmanaged, they can be left astray and lose the right path.
To avoid procrastination the engineer must make a great commitment to a few changes, each of which is simple and requires the completion of one small step at a time.
Be more organized: This does not mean that the engineer should remove his desk. All engineers seem to have dirty desks, but they know how to get what they want. This is more about organizing time at work and at home. Create a schedule that includes both your home life and your workplace. Mark the items that cause your delay in red and present a simple first step action in one sentence “tightly”. For example, you are delaying the activation of a new radio station because you do not know how to download all the parameters. Your Answer: Send a simple email to co-workers asking if there are any download problems.
Prioritize your “to do” list: Engineers all have “to do” lists and that’s a good thing. But often lists are not given priority and they are numbered one by one. Unfinished business at the end of the day will be on the to-do list tomorrow. Procrastination seems to always go to the bottom of the list. Prioritize your list and keep the issues you are postponing at the top of the list. Once again come up with a simple first step answer to the problem.
If you do not know all the answers, ask for help: If you just ask, what people do for you is amazing. All engineers think they know all the answers but there will come a time when your pride will be swallowed up and questioned. People (even engineers) like to see other people as human beings.
Take immediate action on the problem: Take action as soon as a problem arises. Take a phone call, send an email, catch a co-worker, but take action. This helps to “remove the problem from the bud”. Then take another small step, then take another step, procrastination will be a thing of the past.
Reduce time-consuming tasks to a manageable level: Sometimes the delay is not due to one or two problems but due to some kind of system overload. The engineer takes on more and more responsibilities and damages his or her entire work. The engineer must learn to say “no”, learn to “cut fat” from projects. Many meetings can be a waste of valuable time. It is better to get a summary of the project from an experienced co-worker than to study the entire project manual yourself.
Once the engineer has taken the small steps for these tasks, he or she will be amazed at how comfortable their job has become without the fear of procrastination and the threat of self-doubt. Now the engineer can reach the next step – becoming a specialist in the workplace.