It’s 5 p.m. and you’ve just realized that report you’ve been putting off is due tomorrow. It’s time to buckle down, open your computer… and check your phone.Maybe catch up on your favorite YouTube channel?Actually, you should probably make dinner first. You usually like cooking, though it’s hard to enjoy with this work hanging over your head, and oh- it’s actually pretty late! Maybe you should just try again in the morning?
This is the cycle of procrastination, and I promise you, we have all been there. But why do we keep procrastinating even when we know it’s bad for us? To be clear, putting something off isn’t always procrast-inating. Responsible time management requires deciding which tasks are important and which ones can wait.