Workplace Procrastination: Why People Procrastinate at Work and How to Stop It

Workplace procrastination is a phenomenon where people unnecessarily postpone dealing with work-related tasks. This phenomenon is prevalent, and can lead to serious issues both for the people who procrastinate, as well as for their employers. This article contains a comprehensive and practical overview of workplace procrastination. Specifically, it first provides relevant examples, details, and statistics about this issue. Then, it …

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Academic Procrastination: Examples, Consequences, Causes, and Solutions

Academic procrastination is a phenomenon where people—particularly students—unnecessarily postpone academic assignments, such as studying for a test or writing a paper. This phenomenon is very common, and can lead to serious issues, such as worse academic outcomes and increased stress. The following article contains a comprehensive overview of academic procrastination. Its goal is to help you understand what academic procrastination …

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Student Procrastination: Why Students Procrastinate and How to Stop It

Student procrastination is a widespread and serious problem, which affects students at all levels. It’s also a complicated problem, since different students procrastinate for different reasons, and they can therefore benefit from different solutions when it comes to overcoming their procrastination. The following article provides a comprehensive and practical guide to the problem of student procrastination. Its goals are to …

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Homework Procrastination: Why You Procrastinate on Homework and How to Stop

Procrastinating on your homework involves delaying getting started on assignments or finishing them, for no good reason. Such procrastination can take various forms, from wasting hours trying to bring yourself to start writing an essay, to putting off an important project until right before the deadline. This is a problem not only because it can harm your performance at school, …

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Procrastinators often forget to do things that they intended to do, especially if they’re unaware of their procrastination

  A study that was recently published in Psychological Research sheds light on the connection between procrastination and a common phenomenon—people forgetting to do things that they intend to do later. The study focused on the concept of prospective memory (PM), which the researchers introduced as follows: “Most individuals reading this paper will already have experienced the following situation: after …

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Negative emotions, such as fear, distress, and guilt, can lead to procrastination

  A study that was recently published in Anxiety, Stress & Coping sheds light on the connection between negative emotions and procrastination, which can help those who suffer from procrastination understand and overcome it. The study’s goal was to expand on prior research, which showed that there is an association between negative emotions and procrastination, but which left several open …

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Inquiry-based stress reduction can reduce anxiety and procrastination

  A study that was recently published in Frontiers in Psychology suggests that a novel cognitive technique can reduce anxiety and procrastination. The study was motivated by prior research, which shows that people often procrastinate because they’re anxious about a task that they have to complete. In many cases, this anxiety can occur as a result of issues with people’s …

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