Everybody delays doing something occasionally. Whether it be paying the bills, scheduling a doctor’s appointment, finishing an assignment for school, or meeting a deadline at work. Eventually, we get trapped in the vicious cycle of procrastination which is comparable to falling into quicksand.
Studies that estimated procrastination
- According to estimates, 20% of adults in the US consistently put off doing things and procrastinate.
- Another study highlighted that 75% of college students are chronic procrastinators who are dealing with stress and anxiety due to it.
- In contrast to being assigned a task with a 1-month deadline, a 1-week deadline or no deadline, was found to increase people’s likelihood of finishing the assignment.
What happens to our brains when we procrastinate?
Procrastination arises from the conflict between our limbic system which seeks comfort and the frontal cortex which helps in decision making and planning.
Procrastinators also have a reduced functional relationship with the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Another study revealed that the decision to procrastinate is made in the anterior cingulate cortex. They also created an algorithm to predict whether or not a person will procrastinate.