Monday, January 23, 2012

A Psychology Research That Can Help You Stop Procrastinating

Let me start by telling you that procrastinating is not really what you call it. It is not the lack of ability to take action. In fact, procrastination is about trying to avoid the thought of thinking too much.

In a study conducted in 1999, Read, Loewenstein and Kalyanaraman had people pick three movies out of a selection of 24. Some were lowbrow like "Sleepless in Seattle" or "Mrs. Doubtfire." Some were highbrow like "Schindler's List" or "The Piano." In other words, it was a choice between movies which promised to be fun and forgettable or would be memorable but require more effort to absorb.

The subject was supposed to pick one of the movies right away and watch it. Then he had to watch one on the second day and the other two days later.

Most people chose a movie that was thoughtful because their friends said they were good, they had good reviews and they had lots of awards following them. But, they decided to watch them on the last day.

To watch on the very first day, most subjects chose fun, comedy and flicks that needed least of thinking and most of enjoyment. This by far is the simplest examples of how people begin to procrastinate.

We procrastinate because our brains love simplified subjects. Our brains love to think less and enjoy more. In fact, the researchers also concluded that people would go for the junk food first, but plan healthy meals in the future.

You wait till the last minute to get that birthday present, plan the trip, pack your bags, visit the doctor, file taxes or study for exams. You're procrastinating because you mind wants to think less.

Winning over procrastination start by understanding the consequences. When you realize what you are going to be rewarded for. When you take rewards into consideration, your mind begins to think.

After all, stopping procrastinating is about making your mind believe that what you should do now is more important than the fun loving lazy experience you want to have now.

The best way to stop procrastinating is to create a relative comparison. It is about creating a fear in your mind to lag behind. You should commit yourself to the company of people who can surround yourself with successful behavior even with the most lazy of tasks.

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