Job action plan

Job action plan

Action is often seen as the difficult part of attaining your employment goals. All journeys start with a single step, and so will your journey into employment. The hardest part of most tasks is the first few minutes, which are often dreaded. So it is imperative you start today, not tomorrow, but today.


Procrastination is the process of avoiding actions or tasks, basically putting things off. You may find yourself cleaning your house, reading or performing other duties instead taking action towards your job goals. You need to sense the beginning of procrastination and guide yourself towards the task you need to perform.

Nobody is perfect, we all put things off. Whether it’s painting the house or putting up shelves, few people can apply themselves immediately to everything.

Planning your tasks in advance and writing them in a diary can help. Put a date and time next to each task and try to stick to the schedule. Don’t forget to tick your appointments once they have been performed.

Make a to-do list and place it somewhere prominent so it’s difficult to avoid being seen, this can act as a reminder. Buy a pin or white board and get yourself organised.

Breaking your goals into smaller mini-goals will help with your larger tasks.

A fun way of avoiding procrastination is to say to yourself “I am going to procrastinate about procrastinating.” You are saying that you cannot be bothered to procrastinate; therefore you will not procrastinate, if you know what I mean.


Procrastination has been associated with perfectionism, which is a tendency to negatively evaluate your own performance. You need to focus on your strengths and stop thinking about your faults. It is important that you don’t judge yourself on every action you perform.

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Last modified: Wednesday 20 April 2011