- Bookmarked this page to “Read later”
- Added the video to “Watch later”
- Filed it to “Implement later”
- Not kidding this time!
Every single day we choose how we spend what few hours we have. Yet, despite the constant warnings to chase after what we believe, we often fall victim to procrastination and a fear of even just starting.
For myself, and the 95% of the American population who admit to falling prey to procrastination or even total avoidance of the things we want to do in our lives, ‘time management’ only goes so far. And when it comes to looking at why we fail to start, there are larger emotional and psychological reasons at play.
Procrastination is like bad signal or crappy Wi-Fi. Everyone deals with it, but most of us don’t understand how it works. Here’s the key: It’s not that you have a problem saying yes to the thing you’re supposed to be doing right now. The problem is you can’t say no to everything else.
It’s not always the same for everyone! What you call procrastination may be what I’d call a lack of motivation. Brains are weird and we can’t really shoehorn everything into one or two words (or disorders) like we do. Even this article, for as much as I attempted to describe the nuance, can’t ever be fully accurate.
If your problem is that even when you have nothing else distracting you, you still can’t bring yourself to do it, then the problem may have less to do with your impulses and more to do with your motivation. Maybe ask yourself why that is. Do you dread the work no matter the circumstances? Maybe you need different work. Do you have trouble mustering the motivation to do anything? Maybe you’re suffering from some form of depression.
Frankly, “procrastination” is a pretty generic term. I’ve found in my life that the biggest problems I have aren’t that I hate the thing I’m doing. It’s that I like some other thing more, and its rewards are more immediate. Your mileage may vary, though! No matter how you break it down, though, the best way to beat your procrastination problem is to examine the way your brain thinks about it.
One of these days I’m going to get help for my procrastination problem.
Cats have been a thing on the Internet almost as long as we’ve had the World Wide Web. Cat memes are legion, and social media has made stars of felines like Sockington, Maru, and Lil Bub (who is even having her genome sequenced). There are festivals and art installation raves about cat videos. Jessica Myrick, a professor at Indiana University, set out to quantify the behavioral effect of exposure to all those cat videos, and the results have just been published in the journal Computers and Human Behavior.
I want to be in that study.
Procrastination is a universal problem. Even the most irritatingly well-organized people know the agony of putting something off until the last … possible … minute. Why do we put ourselves through this misery, knowing the consequences? And how can we overcome the urge?
Unsurprisingly, there’s some deep-rooted psychology behind procrastination.
Hard work will pay off eventually, but procrastination pays off now 😉