Aliya Keogh- I'll Think of it Later.docx - Keogh 1 Leah Keogh Doege Comp I 10128427 13 November 2019 I’ll Think of it Later Delaying tasks is a part

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Keogh 1 Leah Keogh Doege Comp I 10128427 13 November 2019 I’ll Think of it Later Delaying tasks is a part of daily life for a majority of people. For some, it’s avoiding doing the dishes for the third day in a row, for others, it’s the math worksheet they know was due a week ago, and for many, it’s finally getting around to filing taxes. Procrastination is commonly misperceived as a habit that comes from a place of laziness. In reality, there are a host of reasons an individual may have for procrastinating. Many procrastinators report the feeling of wanting to complete looming tasks, but being stopped for other reasons such as fear. In the discussion of procrastination, it is important to first understand what procrastination is, to then understand the psychology behind why so many people repeatedly choose not complete tasks they know they should, next, examine the benefits and harmful effects of procrastination, and to lastly look at how to possibly reduce procrastination. Procrastination is best explained as a “voluntary delay of the beginning or completing an action toward a task despite expecting negative outcomes”. (Martincekova & Enright) A procrastinator is a person choosing to delay a task even though they are fully aware that they will be worse off because of it. This is a vital part of procrastination. It cannot simply be running out of time to accomplish all of the tasks on one’s to-do list, it must be voluntary. Because of the necessary component of choice, Martincekova & Enright describe procrastination as “a self-
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Keogh 2 regulatory failure”. Procrastinators choose to put off difficult or uninteresting tasks because their level of self-control is low. Though cognitively, they often understand that choosing to delay the task may worsen the situation, they continuously choose the instant gratification that their brain wants in the moment. This leads to prioritizing “ their short term positive mood over the negative consequences” (Martincekova & Enright). This idea that procrastination stems from our ability to self-regulate is supported by the psychological concept of an individual’s internal locus of control. The internal locus of control is known as the degree to which an individual believes they have control over their life versus external factors having control. Someone with a strong internal locus of control will be able to self-regulate and make healthy and productive choices more often than someone with a strong external locus of control. (Joelson.) This means that chronic procrastinators’ external locus of control is stronger than their internal locus of control. This
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