How to Stop Procrastinating? [VIDEO]

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Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

 

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be done. Often, procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline. Procrastination can take hold on any aspect of your life. Putting off cleaning the stove, repairing a leaky roof, seeing a doctor or dentist, submitting your job report or academic assignment or broaching a stressful issue with your partner. Procrastination leads to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression, and self-doubt. To procrastinate can hinder productivity.

Why you should watch this video. Tim became one of the Internet’s most popular writers. With wry stick-figure illustrations and occasionally epic prose on everything from procrastination to artificial intelligence, Urban’s blog, Wait But Why, has garnered millions of unique page views, thousands of patrons and famous fans like Elon Musk.

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Coping responses of procrastinators

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Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment – Robert Benchley

Avoidance: Avoiding the location or situation where the task takes place (e.g. a graduate student avoiding driving into the university).

Blaming: Delusional attributions to external factors, such as rationalizing that the procrastination is due to external forces beyond one’s control (e.g. “I’m not procrastinating, but this assignment is tough.”)

Denial and trivialization: Pretending that procrastinatory behavior is not actually procrastinating, but rather a task which is more important than the avoided one, or that the essential task that should be done is not of immediate importance.

Distraction: Engaging or immersing in other behaviors or actions to prevent awareness of the task (e.g. intensive video game playing or web browsing). They are very sensitive to instant gratification and become powerless.

Descending counterfactuality: Comparing a life situation with others who have it worse (e.g. “Yes, I procrastinated and got a B− in the course, but I didn’t fail like one other student did.”)

Valorisation: Pointing in satisfaction to what one achieved in the meantime while one should have been doing something else.

Mocking: Using humor to validate one’s procrastination. The person uses slapstick or slipshod methods to criticize others’ striving towards the goal as funny.

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