Take Action, Don't Delay

Watch this terrific video that offers a new take on an old problem – procrastination. Now research shows that developing emotional intelligence helps people curb procrastination by strengthening the ability to regulate emotions. Don’t wait another minute!

Anti-Procrastination Can Be Taught

New research spotlighted by Psychology Today characterizes procrastination as “giving in to feel good,” and identifies emotional intelligence development as a key to overcoming the delaying tactics that irrationally and needlessly delay intended action. Key to understanding procrastination, says Carleton University Professor Timothy Pychyl, Ph.D, is self-regulation – one of the 5 major focus areas for WINGS learning objectives

Pychyl, an editor of “Counseling the Procrastinator in Academic Settings,” published by the American Psychological Association, says it’s important to make people aware that we can have negative emotions without acting on them – and then to strengthen that skill. He says that procrastinators give in to the impulse to delay a task that makes them feel anxious or overwhelmed in order to feel good right now.

His work centered on the Procrastination Research Group focuses on helping students to acknowledge those negative emotions and get started anyway, to delay gratification, to visualize the end result. “Self-control is what separates humans from our ancient ancestors and the rest of the animal kingdom, thanks to our large prefrontal cortex,” Pychyl says. “Rather than respond to immediate impulses, we can plan, we can evaluate alternate actions, and we can refrain from doing things we'll regret.

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