MGT 3335 Paper 4 - Hayden Smith In the article To Stop...

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Hayden Smith In the article “To Stop Procrastinating, Start by Understanding the Emotions Involved” by Shirley S. Wang, the author explores the many tendencies and consequences faced by procrastinators. The article explains that procrastination is often a way of dealing with stress, and is favored by “perfectionists” who argue that they perform better under stress. However, researchers have found that procrastination can lead to relationship problems and poor performance when it comes to an individual’s job, finances, and even health. Wang develops a deeper insight by interviewing professors and researchers who are studying procrastination, especially looking for ways to reduce and eliminate it from individual’s lives. Many researchers say that procrastinators simply put off important due dates in an attempt to avoid anxiety and instead reward themselves with moral compensation; doing something else that they enjoy. However it is often found that when the due date comes around the event actually brings even more anxiety and stress upon the individual, causing him or her to perform below the standards that they normally would. As it turns out, procrastinators often loathe themselves for their poor behaviors, but just cannot seem to kick the habit. The article also states that procrastinators tend to be highly impulsive individuals and that individuals who are not so impulsive, tend to feel motivated by anxiety rather than shy away from it. Researchers are working on an intervention testing in an attempt to help procrastinators better envision their future self, which is believed to reduce the urge to procrastinate and instead help individuals perform to their full potential.
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