This is an excellent article, showing that the common stereotype of why we procrastinate is often wrong.
“Conventional wisdom has long suggested that procrastination is all about poor time management and willpower. But it may have more to do with how our brains and emotions work.”
Hence, the solution to procrastination is different than people often think as well.
Instead of kicking yourself (or others) for alleged poor time management, it’s two things. First, don’t beat yourself up over procrastination — that will actually make you more likely to procrastinate next time, because it creates a doom cycle of guilt.
Second, don’t “just do it,” but do “just get started.” The whole task may seem too overwhelming. But if you identify a smaller piece you can at least get started on, often that will build momentum that will keep you going.