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Procrastination can become a vicious cycle. Trying to achieve something and failing to act on your intentions can feel frustrating and depressing, and this can then lead to even more procrastinatio...

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Another particularly important distinction to make is between ‘strategic delay’ and procrastination – the two are often confused. Strategic delay entails deliberately putting off a task as a way to...

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Procrastination is arguably even more irrational than strategic delay because the person will often be fully aware that delaying a task will have bad consequences, yet they still choose to delay. P...

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The psychological explanation for this common but irrational behaviour is that, by avoiding the emotional discomfort of engaging in the behaviour, procrastination provides a temporary relief or esc...

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Create an overview of upcoming tasks and set yourself rules for prioritising. Although this won’t address your emotional discomfort, it can serve a preventative role. By increasing your sense of co...

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There is a risk with creating time-management schedules that the transparency of what you need to do creates panic and feelings of being more burdened.

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Start on small tasks and working on them in a regimented way: set a short time-frame, take a break, then register how much you got done (or if you ended up doing something else instead). Let’s say...

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Procrastination is avoidance due to emotional discomfort. Try keeping a daily journal for a week or more, to help you become more aware.

Unfortunately, recognising avoidance and trying to fin...

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To beat procrastination, you need to go against your feelings. Start making a small dent into the avoided activity and if you manage to get started, this one small step in the right direction hel...

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Having confronted your avoidance and begun the task, you can work on improving your mood while doing this activity that you dislike or have feared. For example, listen to music and dance while clea...

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Procrastination could possibly a sign of a broader pattern of problematic avoidance. If you not only procrastinate, but also avoid many things in life from close relationships to career promotions,...

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