To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair – WSJ.com

Procrastinators attempt to avoid the anxiety or worry aroused by a tough task with activities aimed at repairing their mood, such as checking Facebook or taking a nap. But the pattern, which researchers call “giving in to feel good,” makes procrastinators feel worse later, when they face the consequences of missing a deadline or making a hasty, last-minute effort.

Researchers have come up with a playbook of strategies to help procrastinators turn mood repair to their advantage. Some are tried-and-true classics: Dr. Pychyl advises procrastinators to “just get started, and make the threshold for getting started quite low.” Procrastinators are more likely to put the technique to use when they understand how mood repair works, says Dr. Pychyl, author of a 2013 book, “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.” He adds, “A real mood boost comes from doing what we intend to do—the things that are important to us.”

Read more… To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair – WSJ.com.

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