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The Science of Procrastination. How often do you put off something you SHOULD be doing and wait until much, much later to try to get it done? How often to you WISH you had not put that task off until later? So why can’t you seem to stop procrastinating?.

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How often do you put off something you SHOULD be doing and wait until much, much later to try to get it done?

How often to you WISH you had not put that task off until later?

So why can’t you seem to stop procrastinating?


Psychological cause

Psychological Cause


Psychological causes

Example: Given a choice of taking $100 dollars today, or waiting one month for $10 dollars more, most people would choose not to wait!

Psychological Causes


Psychological cause1

  • The time difference AND value difference are the exact same!

  • Psychological Cause


    Psychological cause2

    Psychological Cause


    Psychological cause3

    So, being on perceived to be.

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      is more immediately rewarding than studying for a test …

      …until TEMPORAL PROXIMITY increases (your test gets closer), and you cram!

    Psychological Cause


    Biological cause of procrastination

    Biological Cause of Procrastination


    • Dopamine alters the neurons in your brain and makes you want to repeat the behavior

    • Dopamine is released when you do things like play video games or browse the internet

    • That’s a problem, because with those things, you get small, continuous rewards

    • The reward for writing an essay is only once, and it’s in the future.


    Solutions

    Solutions!


    Solutions1

    2. The problem, BUT there are some things you can do:Pomodoro Technique

    • Makes use of a timer

    • Set a timer for 25 minutes while you stay on task

    • Then, take a 5 minute break and give yourself a reward (snack, facebook check, etc)

    • Then, start the working clock again

      • Gradually increase the amount of work time

    Solutions!


    Solutions2

    3. Acknowledge your procrastination! problem, BUT there are some things you can do:

    • “I do procrastinate! I always wait until the last minute and do a quick and shoddy job, when I could have done a better job by starting earlier!”

      Self-imposed, costly DEADLINES can be very effective!

    • “I must get my studying done by 6 pm, or I will not go to the movie with my group of friends!”

    Solutions!


    Solutions3

    4. Try to enjoy the PROCESS of achieving something (trick your brain!).

    “I’m getting smarter!”

    “I enjoy being productive!”

    “I am great!”

    “This is great!”

    Solutions!


    Solutions4

    5. Make your brain!). a list of reasons you WANT to accomplish a particular goal.

    Writing it down reinforces your commitment.

    This minimizes indecision.

    Solutions!


    Solutions5

    6. Remove your distractions and temptations your brain!).

    • Turn off the internet

    • Uninstall your favorite game

    • Work somewhere else

      Putting obstacles in the way of your procrastination tools can help keep you on track.

    Solutions!


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