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A psychologist explains how to stop procrastinating, once and for all Posted by Moya Crockett, Two Paths Integrative Wellness LLC, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

 

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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