Why we put things off

by Aaron

Everyone procrastinates, you and I included. But why?

One reason (of many) has to do with the felt consequences of putting something off. I can put off seeing the dentist for my checkup because I won’t feel any consequences if I don’t. The same goes for my car. I know I need to check the oil, but I can put it off since there are no immediate consequences.

But what happens if I put it off for too long? Maybe I get a cavity? Maybe my car gets engine problems? Well, now I can feel those consequences. Now I can’t put it off.

We put things off that we don’t see as affecting us now, even if doing so will affect us in the long run. There are ways to address this form of procrastination, but we’ll talk about that next time :)

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