Negative Repetitive Thoughts and Procrastination

As colleagues have explained so well before, “we give in to feel good, ” prioritizing the management of aversive mood states over our goal pursuit. Similarly, depression has been shown to be positively correlated with procrastination.  However, as the authors of a recent study note, the processes that underlie these links are less understood. Self-compassion, where we accept our humanity and develop a non-judgmental stance towards our thoughts and feelings, helps foster acceptance of our past failures, particularly our procrastination, and may help alleviate the distress that feeds the downward spiral of procrastination.

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