“One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow” and I believe way too many of us live by that rule. Regardless of what stage of your life you’re in or what chore you’re putting off, us humans tend to procrastinate, a lot! Charlie Brown, a very popular American cartoon justifies his reason for procrastination by saying “If I start writing now… when I’m not really rested… it could upset my thinking which is not good at all… I’ll get a fresh start tomorrow… and it’s not due till Wednesday… so I’ll… have all of Tuesday unless… something should happen… why does this always happen? I should be outside playing… getting fresh air and sunshine… I work best under pressure and there’ll be lots of pressure if I… wait till tomorrow” and I personally have used this reasoning many times.
Researchers show procrastination is related to personality and emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is measured by one’s dominance over their emotions. If a person has an intrapersonal personality, they are better at managing time and therefore procrastinate less. Getting ready to go out, writing a paper for your class, paying the bills, or even sending that dreaded e-mail to your boss we tend to leave things for the last minute. As Iranian-Americans, we are the kings and queens of procrastination. When faced with a difficult task we most commonly say “baba velesh kon” (forget it) or “hala farda mikonam” (I’ll do it tomorrow), and let’s not forget the Maz Jobrani “take it eeeeaaaassyyyy.” The most famous example of our procrastination is our new definition to the PST which now stands for Persian Standard Time instead of Pacific Standard Time. Tune in to Iranican Live this week to hear our lovely hosts speak their opinion of the procrastination theory.
- Procrastination: Habit or Disorder?
- This is Your Brain on Procrastination
- چرا ما کارها را به تعویق می اندازیم و چگونه باید جلوی آن را بگیریم؟