Having a hard time starting or returning to a project? Don’t worry – it’s not a reflection of your ability to manage time or be productive. In fact, recent research shows that procrastination results from how the brain processes and responds to emotion rather than laziness.
According to a study conducted by researchers at Ruhr University Bochum, the urge to procrastinate is triggered by the relationship between two regions in the brain: the amygdala, which is responsible for processing emotions, and the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex, which determines what we should do next. If we become overwhelmed by emotions such as anxiety, it’s simply much more difficult to take the next step. Of course, if we aren’t making progress on our projects, it’s easy for anxiety to build, creating a cycle of chronic procrastination.
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