You resolved that 2014 would be the year of no more procrastination?and though the first week went well, you’ve noticed bad habits creeping back in. But It’s not too late to get back on track. Take a few minutes to check out these links, and you might just rethink procrastination. It’s not time-wasting, It’s research!
It’s all in the mind, they say, but humor blog Wait But Why explains a little better how procrastination is a push-pull between the Rational Decision Maker and Instant Gratification Monkey cohabiting in the procrastinator’s brain. It’s tongue-in-cheek, but it makes sense?and the follow-up post explains how to turn the imagery into a procrastination solution.
Recent research suggests that mood regulation may be the answer to persistent procrastination. According to this Wall Street Journal article, ?negative emotions can derail attempts at self-control?; we delay tasks to make ourselves feel better (which of course furthers anxiety and other negative emotions when we’re scrambling to catch up later). Next time you feel the pull of procrastination, check your mood before moving forward.
Procrastination is usually seen as a negative quality?but not according to University of San Diego professor Frank Partnoy. Smithsonian magazine’s interview with Partnoy is enlightening and might change the way you feel about your ?bad habit.?