Chronic Procrastination

Psychologist Joseph Ferrari gives a one-minute summary of his research on chronic procrastination. He finds that procrastination is not about time management, so telling someone, “Just do it” won’t work. At the same time, it’s not about creating conditions of pressure to force ourselves to work.

He sees chronic procrastination as a “maladaptive” condition of people who seek to please. Afraid that their work may not be universally liked, they don’t do it at all.

I’ll need more than one minute to weigh the evidence for his claim. Still, the practice of distilling your research into 60 seconds is good practice.


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