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Mental Well-being

Impulsiveness is a big component of procrastination for some people. The nearness of today’s temptation takes precedence over tomorrow’s distant, abstract goals, and we lack progress. Fortunately, we can implement strategies to “tone down the [brain’s] limbic system and pump up the prefrontal cortex” [Piers Steel, The Procrastination Equation, p. 144*] to reduce impulsivity and procrastination.

Life has various responsibilities that are no fun, so our procrastination may kick in and we put off doing what we need to do. As pointed out by Piers Steel, author of The Procrastination Equation *, anything that has a low value or measure of enjoyment is what makes some of us vulnerable to procrastination.   Steel identifies several strategies for making our responsibilities more enjoyable or meaningful, thereby reducing the risk of procrastination.

If you expect you won’t succeed in something, you probably experience procrastination in that area of your life. Do you tell yourself, “I’ll never be able to [quit smoking, write that report, find a mate, lose weight…]”? Low expectation is one of three main causes* of procrastination, and procrastination is growing in our society.