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The Reason You Procrastinate Is Not What You Think

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01.04.2019

If you think procrastination means you are lazy, unmotivated, or lack self-discipline, you're wrong. Putting off tasks has nothing to do with laziness and everything to do with your emotional state. Understanding this simple fact can help you procrastinate less.

Do you procrastinate? Of course you do. You're human, so you put off unwanted or challenging tasks at least some of the time. And when you do, what happens next? You scold yourself. You ask yourself, "What's wrong with you? You knew what you needed to do to meet that deadline. Why have you screwed up yet again?"

You may think the reason you procrastinate is that you have a flawed character or that you're lazy or perhaps self-destructive. But, as the New York Times revealed in a fascinating new article, the real reason is none of those. It's because the task you're putting off makes you unhappy. And you're trying to manage your own mood by avoiding something you know will bring you down. Which is a very reasonable thing to do.

As Tim Pychyl, psychology professor and a member of the Procrastination Research Group at Carleton University in Ottawa puts it, "Procrastination is an emotion regulation problem, not a time management problem."

If you think about it, you'll likely realize from your own experience that........

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