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Chapter 2. The Procrastination Epidemic > Why Procrastination Is Becoming an Ep... - Pg. 19

The Procrastination Epidemic 19 · Overload.Massive downsizing and lay-offs have meant that the people who remain in a com- pany end up carrying a workload that was intended for two or three people, or even more in extreme cases. The result is employees who be-come less productive because they feel over- whelmed. · Change.The name of the game in the workplace has been change: change of management, change of mission and philosophy, change of rules and procedures, change of location, and changes in health plans and benefits. So much change makes people confused and over- whelmed. It messes up routines and breaks down organizational systems, making it more diffi- cult to know how to get things done or to find the resources needed to accomplish tasks. · Insecurity.Employers can no longer promise a lifetime of secure employment, which can make employees feel less loyal. If you feel less committed to a person or organization, you'll have less incentive to get things done for that person or organization. · Self-employment.More people than ever before are opting for the entrepreneurial route in their careers by starting businesses, freelancing, or consulting, and they are often doing it from home. Self-employment brings major time- management and organizational challenges. Plus, the suc- cess or failure of the business is riding on your shoulders. Such external and internal pressures are prime breeding ground for procrastination. Matter of Fact