A curated mix of articles on procrastination.

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Thursday, Feb 6, 2020

Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time

Experts like Tim Pychyl at Carleton University in Canada and his collaborator Fuschia Sirois at the University of Sheffield in the UK have proposed that procrastination is an issue with managing our emotions, not our time.

Monday, Feb 3, 2020

3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it

Is it time to go “screw it, let’s do it”? Could a deliberately sloppy start help you move forward? Or what’s the smallest step you can take right now?

Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)

If procrastination isn’t about laziness, then what is it about?

Monday, Apr 1, 2019

Study finds that low-quality sleep can lead to procrastination, especially among people who naturally struggle with self-regulation

The findings show that low sleep-quality is associated with increased levels of procrastination during the following day, and that this effect is moderated by individuals’ self-control, which means that individuals who are low in self-control are significantly affected by the quality of their sleep, while individuals who are high in self-control are not.

Friday, Mar 8, 2019

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window – and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018

Productive Procrastination: How to Get More Done by Procrastinating on Purpose

By procrastinating about the right things in the right way, you’re never really procrastinating. If you’d like to try your hand at productive procrastination, here are three practical strategies to get you started.

Monday, Aug 27, 2018

9 Writers on the Most Outrageous Ways They’ve Procrastinated

Look, we all know it: writing — literally just the act of sitting down and starting to write — is physically impossible. Even when your assignment is relatively short, or your daily goal relatively modest, it’s so hard to start many of us will go to great lengths to avoid it. Here are stories from writers and students who went to especially great lengths in order to not write.

Monday, Jul 16, 2018

What do you do when you suddenly feel like not working anymore?

It’s Saturday morning. You start coding in your side-project. A couple of hours go by. You feel like, “I’m tired. Let’s do this tomorrow.”. You also would like to ship it ASAP too. What do you do?

Thursday, Jun 14, 2018

I Joined a Procrastination Support Group and It Changed My Life

In my experience, at least, procrastination has always been a private pain, experienced solo — but as I bonded with my fellow procrastinators over the following weeks, I began to realize that a support network of people who understood was exactly what I’d been missing.