Most of us know the story all too properly — you have a giant venture that you’ve been dreading and a looming deadline. But as an alternative of engaged on it and checking it off your to-do checklist, you put it off by watching hours of YouTube movies or color-coding your bookshelves.
If that’s you, first, know you’re in good firm. In reality, revered writer Margaret Atwood — the artistic thoughts behind Handmaid’s Tale and Testaments — is a procrastinator.
“I see myself as lazy,” Atwood admits to organizational psychologist Adam Grant throughout this week’s episode of the WorkLife podcast.
While procrastinators are many issues, lazy isn’t considered one of them. To discover out why we are able to’t appear to break the habit, Adam speaks to Fuchsia Sirois, a UK psychologist who research procrastination. Here’s an excerpt:
Adam Grant: “[Fuchsia Sirois] knows from experience — and from evidence — that what causes procrastination is not the desire to avoid work. It’s the desire to avoid feelings. More specifically, negative emotions.”
Fuschia Sirois: “We say at the core, procrastination is about mood regulation. So a task may elicit lack of confidence, feelings of incompetency, insecurity. Fear of failure. Anxiety. You put that task aside and you’ve just regulated your mood. Now you feel better. It’s like, ah, great. I don’t have to think about it anymore.”
Adam: “Want some proof that you’re not merely avoiding work? Take a take a look at what you do whereas you’re procrastinating. Some of these duties truly take loads of power and effort.”
Fuschia: “You’ll see some classic chronic procrastinators. They will have the neatest houses, everything will be organized, all the dishes will be done, everything will be clean. But the big looming tasks that they’re supposed to be doing isn’t being done.”
Cutting down on procrastination may assist decrease your stress ranges and enhance your sleep high quality. And, in accordance to Adam, irrespective of your taste of procrastination, there are a selection of straightforward methods to curb it.
Adam: “ … For one, you can start by trying to be a little kinder to yourself about your past procrastination. Yep, this actually makes a difference.”
To study how Margaret Atwood tackled her personal procrastination and get confirmed ideas to increase your individual productiveness, listen to the entire episode on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
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