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Ms. Zareen has been working in a large Pakistani company for more than three Years. She was considered to be one of the most competent, hardworking and confident employees of her department. But in the start of her fourth year of service, her performance started declining as she could not submit a single assignment on time due to medical reasons. Based on her good past performance, she was given a sequence of extensions in the deadlines of those assignments. This practice did not stop there, and soon she became habitual of such delays being unable to work efficiently.

What actually happened was, in order to maintain her good performance and to improve quality after recovering from health issues she started thinking over the assignments for longer periods of time. With this state of mind she unnecessarily indulged herself into needless revision and perfection of her work which cased further delay in her assignments and other activities. This practice worsened the situation and was felt as a habit of delaying her work due to invalid or weak reasons by her manager.


Keeping in mind the above scenario, you are required to discuss the cause(s) of Ms. Zareen’s poor performance and career self-sabotage.  Also enlist some of the techniques to reduce these types of needless delays.

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The main reasons for self-sabotaging behaviour

Okay, the mouse's behaviour came from ignorance and heedlessness; he just didn't think. But we mess things up for ourselves in other ways, too - and for other reasons, which include:

The familiarity of 'failure'. Maybe we're so used to situations not working out or to being around 'dysfunctional people' that it feels easier to 'put a spanner in the works' by behaving in some way that either worsens or destroys something promising - a kind of 'better the devil you know'.
An unconscious need to be in control. If we feel something is bound to fail because it's 'too good to last', we might engineer its failure somehow so as to maintain a sense that we are still in control (because we caused it to fail).
Feeling unworthy. Low self-esteem may drive people to feel they 'don't deserve' success or happiness. (See "7 Steps to Self-Belief".)
Bad habits such as excessive drinking, smoking, or uncontrolled anger.
Need for excitement. It might be an otherwise perfect sunny afternoon and seemingly out of the blue, Joe picks a fight, goes into a silent mood, or drags up some unrelated contentious issue from the past. Suddenly, the afternoon turns into a battleground. The desire for 'excitement' can take different forms, not all of them constructive.

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