New research suggests some people’s brains make them more likely to procrastinate. But you’re not doomed to Sunday night panic – no matter how inevitable it might feel.
Anyone who says they’ve never procrastinated is a liar. Even the most industrious among us has done it: spent a Sunday afternoon tidying our bedrooms when we should have been finishing off a report for work, or decided that we can’t start prepping for a job interview until we’ve found the perfect interview outfit on Farfetch. And while procrastination is often associated most with the internet age, the habit has been around for a long time. In 1751, Samuel Johnson (he of the famous “tired of London” quote) wrote: “The folly of allowing ourselves to delay what we know cannot finally be escaped is one of the general weaknesses which, to a greater or less degree, prevail in every mind.”
If it isn’t negatively affecting your life in a major way, procrastination isn’t a huge problem. But sometimes, the consequences can be severe. Psychologists Jane Burka and Lenora Yuen, who have written a bestselling book on the subject, distinguish between the internal and external effects of procrastination.
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