What Pocket Users are Saying

  • Ali Mirza avatar

    Ali Mirza

    April 18, 2016

    Yes, I was procrastinating while I read this.

  • Jessica Minnier avatar

    Jessica Minnier

    April 18, 2016

    This seems obvious, but still worth thinking about. Just get started!

  • Mercy Brown avatar

    Mercy Brown

    April 19, 2016

    TP: One of my pet expressions is, "Just get started." And it’s important you don’t say, "Just do it" — that’s overwhelming. But just get started.

    Whenever we face a task, we’re not going to feel like doing it. Somehow adults believe that their motivational state has to match the task at hand. We say, "I’m not in the mood."

    Our motivational state rarely matches the task at hand, so we always have to use self-regulation skills to bring our focus to it. So at first it will be, "Okay, I recognize that I don’t feel like it, but I’m just gonna get started."

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    Lilian Chisca

    April 22, 2016

    Our motivational state rarely matches the task at hand, so we always have to use self-regulation skills to bring our focus to it. So at first it will be, "Okay, I recognize that I don’t feel like it, but I’m just gonna get started."

  • Hankyol Hong avatar

    Hankyol Hong

    December 23, 2015

    Exactly what I've been suspecting!

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    Emotions

    Conventional wisdom has long suggested that procrastination is all about poor time management and willpower. But more recently, psychologists have been discovering that it may have more to do with how our brains and emotions work.

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    procrastinatORS are less compassionate toward themselves

    Procrastination, they've realized, appears to be a coping mechanism. When people procrastinate, they're avoiding emotionally unpleasant tasks and instead doing something that provides a temporary mood boost. The procrastination itself then causes shame and guilt — which in turn leads people to procrastinate even further, creating a vicious cycle.

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    But psychologists see procrastination as a misplaced coping mechanism, as an emotion-focused coping strategy. [People who procrastinate are] using avoidance to cope with emotions, and many of them are non-conscious emotions. So we see it as giving in to feel good. And it’s related to a lack of self-regulation skills.

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    The people who see the present and future self as more overlapping have more self-continuity and report less procrastination.

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    We [think] that people will make less procrastinatory choices now because they’ll realize that "It’s me in the future we’re talking about, here. I’m going to be under the gun."

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    What's your one biggest tip for stopping procrastination?

    TP: One of my pet expressions is "Just get started." And it’s important you don’t say "Just do it" — that’s overwhelming. But just get started.

    Whenever we face a task, we’re not going to feel like doing it. Somehow adults believe that their motivational state has to match the task at hand. We say, "I’m not in the mood."

    Our motivational state rarely matches the task at hand, so we always have to use self-regulation skills to bring our focus to it. So at first, it will be "Ok, I recognize that I don’t feel like it, but I’m just gonna get started."

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    OHIO rule: only handle it once. And I’m like that with email. I look at that email and say "I can reply to it now, or I can throw it out," but there’s not much of a middle ground. I’m not going to save it for a while.

  • Elena avatar

    Elena

    April 19, 2016

    I got all these wicked strategies. And it’s every level: some of it’s behavioral, some of it’s emotional, some of it’s cognitive

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