Procrastinating? Blame Science.
Here’s the gist:
Procrastination is linked to rewards. Rewards in turn are linked to motivation. If there is a choice between two things to do, one that brings immediate rewards and one that has rewards that won’t be given for a while, the brain chooses the immediate reward. The closer the reward, the higher the motivation. So techno distractions (YouTube, Facebook, endless Tumblr memes) have have more immediate value than getting an A+ on next week’s test.
HOWEVER, the closer that a reward seems, the greater its value. So the night before a test, suddenly the good grade seems more important. That means cramming.
Here’s another scientific factor: Choosing immediate rewards releases dopamine, the feel-good brain chemical. And dopamine is habit-forming.
So what’s the solution?
The video offers some great tips to help students of all ages trick science and their brain to overcome habit-forming dopamine and beat nasty procrastination for good.
1. Since the brain is seeking rewards, provide rewards in intervals.
2. Use a time to set a time frame for reward intervals. (The Science-y name is the Pomodoro technique.)
3. Acknowledge your procrastination.
4. Impose your own deadlines.
5. Put a positive spin on how you think about the work.
6. Make a list of the reasons why completing a task is a good idea.
7. Remove temptations.
Now take three minutes to watch this great video and get a better understanding of procrastination.