2020 ended more than 8 months ago, yet we are still referencing it like it’s January 2nd. Yes, it was a dumpster fire of a year that we’ll never forget, and it has its rightful place in our memories for many reasons. But, it’s also managed to allow people who are procrastinators, or downright lazy, a new set of excuses to avoid getting their work done. We’re going to call out some of the most annoying excuses people are still using 8 months after the end of 2020 to avoid doing what you pay them for – work.
I Can't Work From Home
It’s possible to work from anywhere if you’re committed. Currently, in my house we have three adults, two cats (one with special needs), and two high energy dogs. It’s chaotic and stressful, but when a call needs to happen or it’s focus time, everyone knows their place and even when it’s one person managing the animals alone, there’s always a front stoop where you can sit peacefully and have a Zoom call.
People are using pets and family as a reason to miss their deadlines. Yes, in the early days of COVID, it was easier to sympathize, but we’re more than 18 months in and you’ve had time to figure things out.
I'm Short on Staff
This one really hits home for me. An individual who I’ve been waiting to hear from since April of 2021, finally reached out on July 30, 2021 to move forward on pending work. Her reason for a delayed email response was that she had staff depart in May 2021 and that she has been struggling ever since.
First, the excuse doesn’t align with the timeline, which shows me she isn’t interested in the work. Second, unless you are running a restaurant, it is possible to run an agency on a skeleton crew. It means long days and nights, busting your ass and losing sleep, but that is what will set you apart from the competition. Especially when the competition is busy coming up with reasons why they “can’t”.
I Don't Have Time
If you are a small business owner, this one runs through your mind 100 times a day. It’s true, you don’t have enough time, but just like in the item above, you can’t tell people you don’t have time. You have to find and make the time for more and more work.
You may need to start your day at 4:00 am and end at 11:00 pm, but that’s how you grow from a startup to a success. Once you start in on the time excuses, it’s easy to use them over and over again to avoid getting work done.
Clients will take notice, and when they are making a vendor selection who do you think they are going to pick? The vendor who is “too busy” or the vendor that busts their ass to get work done and deliver a exceptional product?
We’ve all heard the saying: Excuses are like assholes, we all have one. Don’t let the excuses and assholes of 2020 turn your business into just another can’t get it done type. Leave 2020 and all the excuses in the past.