Comstock's magazine 0219 - February 2019 - Page 41

“Procrastinators become addicted to that feeling of urgency — the adrenaline rush.” — Cami McLaren, owner, McLaren Coaching it,” McLaren says. “It’s not even just a brain thing, it’s a body thing. When people get overwhelmed, they feel this sense of, ‘I can’t do that.’” Dr. Tim Pychyl is a procrastination expert. (This is quite literal — at Carleton University in Ontario he runs the Procrastination Research Group.) “My answer to why we procrastinate is that it’s all about mood repair,” he says. “We’re all pretty good at time management. Some of us are excellent. But then we get to that point in the day where we say, ‘I don’t want to,’ or ‘I don’t feel like it.’ So pro- crastination is not a time management problem — it’s an emo- tion management problem.” As pleasure-seeking creatures, humans are simply react- ing to our base desires, according to Pychyl. “We procrastinate to feel good in the short-term,” he says, explaining that when we finally get around to doing the work, that too is driven by emotion. “The deadline is a signal of doom: ‘You’re so screwed if you don’t get this done now.’ So in the end, you do the work to make yourself feel better by avoiding the punishment.” Pychyl refers me to another expert in procrastination: Homer Simpson. When Homer is lazy, Marge warns him that someday, there will be consequences. “That’s a problem for fu- February 2019 | 41