FinTech Futures Jobs: Is procrastination killing your work ethic?
Do you sometimes vow to respond to a work email or complete a tricky task that’s been lingering on your to-do list but find yourself pushing it further down your priorities?
Do you sometimes lose chunks of your day browsing social media or going down a Wikipedia rabbit hole instead of doing the work you’re being paid to do?
Welcome to the world of textbook procrastination.
Procrastination isn’t bad, per se. And in the grand scheme of things, 15 minutes browsing Instagram isn’t going to make or break your career trajectory.
Large parts of the UK’s workforce are now based at home for at least some of the week. According to data compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), in February 2022, 84% of workers who had to work from home because of the Coronavirus pandemic said they planned to carry out a mix of working at home and at the office in the future.
The temptation to put on a load of laundry or colour-code your kitchen cupboards can sometimes seem more appealing than starting an overdue project you’ve been putting on the back burner.
There’s also the long-term impact of disengagement: according to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace 2022 report, employee engagement is at just 21%, and 17% of workers are actively disengaged. The report also highlighted that low engagement alone costs the global economy £6.3 trillion.
Making a change
Step one of stopping procrastination in its tracks is admitting that you need to address your behaviour.
Next, get organised. Extensive to-do lists can seem overwhelming, so break down your daily or weekly tasks into bite-sized chunks that can be completed in relatively short bursts. Keeping track of your list in a notebook might work for some, but an online document can sometimes streamline this process. Having a record of your work is a great resource when you’re preparing for your annual appraisal.
Thirdly, set yourself micro deadlines throughout the day. If you know your concentration levels are highest in the morning, prioritise more difficult tasks and set yourself a schedule that you must adhere to. Or if evenings are the best time for you to achieve your best work, map out your more menial tasks for the morning. By sticking to deadlines throughout the day, you’ll find your workflow paces along nicely and you’ll be able to finish work on time more often than not.
Finally, reward yourself for completing tasks on time. There’s a lot to be said for that feeling of satisfaction you’ll get once you tick something off your list.
However, if you feel like your procrastination is hinting at a bigger issue and you can’t find the motivation to do your current job to the best of your ability, it could be time for a change. The Fintech Futures Job Board has hundreds of opportunities at companies that are currently hiring, like the three below.
Cloud Security Operations Analyst, GoCardless, London
The security and privacy engineering team at GoCardless ensures it remains a secure and trusted partner for all of the businesses it grows. It is currently seeking a Cloud Security Operations Analyst to join the team and participate in the design, development and implementation of cloud security architecture, strategy and standards. The ideal candidate will have a background in cloud security operations or as an SOC analyst, experience using SIEM tools (ideally Splunk) and be able to use EDR or IDS/IPS tools. View more details about this role here.
IT Service Management Analyst, Zilch UK, London
Zilch, the world’s first Commerce Card, is a UK-headquartered payments technology company. As an IT Service Management Analyst, you’ll be tasked with maintaining customer relationships and improving response and delivery times for tier two and three suppliers. You’ll also work to drive value and improve SLAs and availability with third parties, conduct regular service review meetings with suppliers and assist in creating and maintaining IT operational workflows, knowledge documents, reports and communications. Applicants should be proficient in ITSM tool administration and management and have ITIL V3 or V4 foundation certification as a minimum. Apply today.
Senior Business Analyst, Klarna, London
Payment platform Klarna is currently looking to grow its analytics teams to satisfy the company’s ever-increasing need for complex problem solving and data-driven decision making. As a Senior Business Analyst, you will be responsible for tracking, analysing and optimising a portfolio of merchant partners across a multitude of verticals. You’ll be a key member of an international team and will have the opportunity and autonomy to contribute in a meaningful manner to the overall success, retention and growth of Klarna’s global business. You’ll own the analytical responsibilities across your portfolio while being a critical thought partner to your manager. You will support the team across a multitude of functions from financial analysis and modelling to deriving key insights and actionable recommendations across complex merchant data sets to improve performance. Discover the full job spec here and apply today.