What is procrastination?

Procrastination is an emotion

"Why don't you just do it!"

"You waste so much time playing video games!"

"Do your homework!"

It's so easy for parents and teachers to get down on students who procrastinate - they'll drive you nuts because it seems so simple: just do your work!

Procrastination is an emotional self-regulation struggle, not a moral deficiency.

Procrastinators aren't "lazy," "distracted," or "uncaring." What they suffer from is a deficiency in emotional self-regulation. What we mean by that is that they are not fully in control of their emotional responses to their academic workflow.

So the worst thing we can do to a procrastinator is to call him or her "lazy." That only reinforces the procrastination.

Instead, procrastinators need help to overcome the impulse to put off work that is causing them anxiety.
Here's how it works:
  1. Facing an "aversive" or unenjoyable or difficult task causes anxiety.
  2. To dismiss that anxiety procrastinators  defer the aversive task to later, which relieves themselves of the anxiety.
  3. By choosing to do something more enjoyable, the procrastinator resolves the anxiety caused by task aversion.

Understanding the Procrastination Cycle

Learn more about how to help your child overcome procrastination and low grades

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