- Chronic procrastinators tend to wrestle with anxiety, depression and self-critical thoughts more than others do.
- Research is showing that procrastinators use distractions and temptations as a way to neutralize negative emotions.
- Learning more effective techniques for regulating emotions can counteract the tendency to delay important tasks and help people commit to their goals.
Timothy Pychyl, a psychologist at Carleton University, dotes on his eight huskies. On winter weekends he takes them dogsledding on the snow-covered trails near his house in Ottawa.
As the number of dogs has grown, though, so have the chores. Pychyl dreads one duty above all others: clipping their claws, all 150 (or so) of them.
This article was originally published with the title Prodding Our Inner Sloth.