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Why do you procrastinate?

April 5, 2006 by  

If you are looking for a way to use your time more productively, you might be interested in an article published by Cal Poly which look into understanding the habit of procrastination and how to overcome it.

Interestingly, procrastination is only remotely related to time management. So if you are reading this, surely you have time to read the full article now instead of keeping it for later consumption.. ;-)

From the article:

The procrastinator is often remarkably optimistic about his ability to complete a task on a tight deadline; this is usually accompanied by expressions of reassurance that everything is under control. (Therefore, there is no need to start.) For example, he may estimate that a paper will take only five days to write; he has fifteen days; there is plenty of time; no need to start. Lulled by a false sense of security, time passes. At some point, he crosses over an imaginary starting time and suddenly realizes, “Oh no! – I am not in control! There isn’t enough time!”

The article explains how procrastination works. By understanding this, you can reduce its influence in your life which will eventually allow you to be in control of your life, have more freedom and personal satisfaction.

Read the full article here
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In your personal experience, why do you procrastinate?

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