Developments in Our Understanding of Procrastination

“Procrastination is not a time-management problem, it’s an emotion-management problem,” Tim Pychyl, an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University, explains in Solving the Procrastination Puzzle. Numerous studies now reveal that troubles with mood and emotion-regulation trigger procrastination. As Sam Kemmis-Zapier explores for Fast Company, data-driven techniques can then be used to counteract these effects—like considering a project as a series of small actions rather than a towering amount of work. Read more about the psychology behind procrastination and more techniques to combat it at Fast Company.