Why We Procrastinate?

It is not an unusual phenomenon for people to procrastinate about a task in hand. For instance, many students procrastinate until the day before exams and submissions in completing revision and journals. So, people resort to procrastination whenever they are intimidated by inundating tasks that they fail to process in their heads. Vik Nithy, a 21 year-old entrepreneur who is yet a student gives tips in this 9-minute talk to tackle procrastination. As per Vik, procrastination is a behavioral trait, associated with the human brain. The prefrontal cortex of the brain is designed to be decisive and therefore, gives an appropriate response to a particular situation. However, the limbic system of the brain pushes you to procrastinate by mitigating your motivation to work. The solution to this tug-of-war lies with the functioning of the amygdala of the brain that is responsible for memory processing, controlling fear and anxieties and, designing emotional responses and decision making abilities in a person. For instance, standing with an incomplete project in front of your angry professor past the project submission date, makes you freeze. That is a classic emotional response designed by the amygdala in your brain. To beat procrastination, Vik emphasizes on meta-cognition, which essentially means thinking about thinking. This strategy involves planning short term and long term goals with time frames, planning the process and visualizing it in your head, planning resources, planning distractions and importantly, planning to cope with failures and move ahead.

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