There is an old joke that goes, “Why do today what you can put off tomorrow?” The humor in this joke gives testament to the universality of the problem of procrastination. We all can relate to this phenomenon. While most of us view procrastination as a time management problem, Dr. Tim Psychyl, a professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, claims that it is more an emotional regulation problem. In other words when we procrastinate, we give priority to making ourselves feel better over the pursuit of long-term goals. This is the reason why mood disorders such as depression and emotional states such as anxiety can create or even exacerbate tendencies to procrastinate. Dysfunctional thought patterns often associated with depression and anxiety, such as perfectionism, black-and-white thinking, and fear of failure, are often found as underlying causes for procrastination habits.
HOW TO OVERCOME PROCRASTINATION – THE TOP 10 TIPS
Here is a list of measures you can take to overcome procrastination:
While these suggestions are often successful, they alone might not be enough when mental health issues such as depression, an anxiety disorder, or attention deficit disorder, that can contribute to procrastination tendencies require professional help. If you or someone you know suffers from procrastination and need help overcoming these kinds of problems, please contact Dr. Robert Hamm, at his private practice, at (860) 236-2131 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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