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Why Do We Procrastinate? Experts Explain the Science

Many people procrastinate, some of us chronically, but why do we do that? Is there a way to counteract procrastination, and does this habit ever bring benefits? In this Special Feature, we explore the science of procrastination: What happens in the brain, what happens in the mind, and can we change it?

Everyone procrastinatesTrusted Source at some point in their lives. Whether it relates to paying a bill, making a doctor’s appointment, completing a school project, or meeting a work deadline, it is sometimes easier to put off important tasks we may not fully enjoy and would rather accomplish some other time.

While for most people the act of procrastination may only happen every so often, for others it becomes a constant occurrence. An estimated 20% of adults in the United States are chronic procrastinators, even though research shows that high levels of procrastination in the workplace can have negative effectsTrusted Source on employment duration and income.

And studies suggest that 75% of college studentsTrusted Source are habitual procrastinators, leading to issues including stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems.

Why do more people procrastinate than others? Is procrastination a mental health condition? And does procrastinating offer any positives or is it just a negative habit we need to kick?

Medical News Today spoke to a variety of experts to answer these questions and more about the delay tactic we are all familiar with. Read entire article by Corrie Pelc MedicalNewsToday


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