As a person who struggles with procrastination, I’ve always thought it was a work ethic problem. And as someone who typically has high energy and a decent work ethic, I never understood why certain tasks I kept punting to the next day and the next day and so on.
But thanks to the research of Adam Grant, the world has been blessed to learn that procrastination is an emotion regulation problem, it’s not a work ethic problem at all. How about that?
So, what can we do with this to help combat procrastination on a personal level? Well, knowing this allows us to see that when we procrastinate, there is an unpleasant emotion tied to the task we are avoiding. So look deeper at your task and recognize which unpleasant emotion is stopping you. Then you can work through that emotion to complete the task.