Reducing Procrastination by Addressing the Role of Anxiety

For 20% of men and women in the US, procrastination becomes a pervasive lifestyle pattern that impairs quality of life by limiting success, compromising relationships and lowering self-esteem. In a sense, procrastination becomes a default position which offers a temporary fix, but ultimately adds more anxiety. Most procrastinators overestimate the time they have left to accomplish a task, and underestimate the time it actually takes to complete it. Essentially, we’re trying to regulate anxiety with distractions. But even if we’re doing what we want, any enjoyment is overshadowed by the awareness of what we are not doing. The central solution to procrastination involves stepping over the avoidance in a way that minimizes anxiety.

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