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04/07/2014
 About 20 percent of adults claim to be chronic procrastinators, based on studies at DePaul University in Chicago. 

Some individuals try to avoid anxiety about a task by doing things they think will put them in a better mood, like going to Facebook or taking a nap. But these activities only make them feel worse. 

In fact, psychologists have a new strategy that's helping procrastinators see how attempts at mood upgrades can sabotage their efforts to regulate their emotions. 

Timothy Pychyl, a professor of psychology at Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada, recommends adopting a new organizing system to build willpower. Steps include: 

  • One good mood repair technique is self-forgiveness. It aims to dispel guilt and self-blame.
  • Imagining the good feelings you'll have if you stop procrastinating, work on the job or finish it. 
  • Just get going. Instead of focusing on the whole project, just start one or two steps. 
  • Stop feeling guilty and having negative thoughts about yourself. Think of your positive characteristics and talents. 
  • If you're stuck on a project from your to-do list, first tackle an item that's easy or that you'll enjoy. 
  • Build momentum. In his 2013 book, Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, Dr. Pychyl says picturing your future success will help you avoid anxiety and worry about the future. 





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