Tag Archives: Procrastination

Entertaining TED Talk on Procrastination

4d10247c2b89098e6f7103065276923e9432e914_2880x1620Blogger Tim Urban wrote so many smart and lively posts about procrastination, they gave him a TED talk on the topic! 

For more, you can visit Urban’s own blog. Here at EfficientLearning.org, we also have our own series of posts on procrastination exploring the problem and possible cures:

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Procrastination and Prioritization

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. This week, we look at the crucial importance of prioritization in breaking the bad habit.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

In a way, priorities are everything. How our heart/mind weights our likes and dislikes, wants and needs, values and goals — these rankings, developed over a lifetime, are like the software code which runs under the conscious surface of our thoughts, guiding our decisions and actions.

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Contentedly eating a malted at the baseball game because you prioritize joy and sugar? That will change in a jiffy if a line drive comes screaming at your head at 100 mph; your most basic survival programming will have you drop that treat, no problem, in order to better duck out of the way or put up your hands to try and catch it.
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Interventions for Severe Procrastination

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. This week, we look at some of the causes of severe procrastination and what interventions are available.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

There is likely no adult on earth who has not avoided, at least momentarily, doing something they know they should do, and could thus be called a procrastinator. Many generally successful people like to make self-deprecating jokes about what “terrible procrastinators” they are. Yet, for severe procrastinators, this recurring behavior is often no joke.procrastination_by_lora8-d4wz80e

“Chronic procrastination can have high costs,” writes Michael Neenan of London’s Centre for Stress Management.

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Beat Procrastination: Find Your Tipping Point

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. This week, we investigate how difficult it can be to find a tipping point in order to move into action.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.DQ-Tipping-Point

The concept of a tipping point originates in physics, where adding a small amount of weight to a balanced object will suddenly and completely topple it. And while there are still raging debates and much research to be done about just how the brain makes decisions, it is generally uncontroversial that there is, metaphorically, a tipping point at which motivational forces push us past inertia and into action.

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Why Is Procrastination So Hard to Stop?

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. This week, we examine why the habit of avoidance can be so resistant to well-meaning efforts to change.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

Usually, when a person seeks relief from problems caused by procrastination, well-meaning and helpful people offer suggestions designed to replace one’s self-destructive habits with constructive ones. These might include:motivation.jpg.653x0_q80_crop-smart

  • Careful daily schedule construction where time is blocked off in reasonable increments and scheduled breaks, and keeping to the schedule is a top priority.
  • Using to-do lists or other task management organizational systems to break large projects or jobs into smaller, less onerous sub-tasks. Continue reading
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Why Do We Procrastinate?

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. (For the first in the series, click here.) This week, we examine the way procrastinators rationalize poor choices.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

For a human, every dawn brings the same personality test. Is she an “early bird” who bounds out of bed to greet the day, or a “night owl” who blinks at first light like a groggy bear waking from hibernation? owl with clock

If the latter, she is far more likely to employ that cruel self-torture device, the snooze button, a perfect technological expression of the increasingly prevalent problem of procrastination.

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Struggling with Procrastination

Dr. Jill Alban, Ed.D., is the Director of Academic Support at Touro University California.

man in timerHow many of us suffer from a chronic, debilitating addiction to procrastination?

To procrastinate is a serious problem, because to procrastinate is not to be able to do the things we want to do. It is a curse, and a costly one. Procrastination leads to hand wringing, regrets and damaged self-esteem. 

Why do we do it? What can we do to overcome it?

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