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.
“Since the advent of search engines, we are reorganizing the way we remember things,” said Sparrow. “Our brains rely on the Internet for memory in much the same way they rely on the memory of a friend, family member or co-worker. We remember less through knowing information itself than by knowing where the information can be found.” read more… Research | Columbia News.
Is that article you’re reading getting kind of long? Just bookmark it and click on to something else…save the work of paying attention for later. Got to a tough spot in that essay you’re writing or project you’re working on, that needs a little pondering to figure out where to go next? Just hit save and check out your Tweet stream. Is the conversation among your friends losing interest? Whip out your smart phone and check… whatever. (How many times have you seen THAT happen? Or DONE it!?) Why pay attention, if you have an easier way out?
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