Let’s face it – we all procrastinate at times, some of us more often than others.
I’ve been a procrastinator ever since I was able to pronounce the word. More than once, this habit has landed me in hot water, usually resulting in unnecessary stress.
Like the time I had to write a term paper in high school and put it off until the night before it was due.
This was back in the days before computers made typewriters obsolete and I still remember my poor mother grumbling as she typed out my rough draft (while I was still writing it) and then the panic when we ran out of ribbon at somewhere close to midnight.
We ended up going to her office in the dead of night to finish it. My punishment was having to go to school on less than two hours’ sleep. Yes, it was quite some time before I was able to make amends with her over that episode.
So why do we procrastinate when the results are usually unpleasant or stressful?
Well, there’s some science behind this behavior that uses a lot of big words like “temporal discounting”, “present bias”, and “hyperbolic discounting”, but it a nutshell, this is why: Continue reading