The science of procrastination

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Researchers develop a mathematical understandig of the mechanisms of procrastina
Researchers develop a mathematical understandig of the mechanisms of procrastinating. (Image: unsplash)

Procrastination, the deliberate but detrimental deferring of tasks, has many forms. Sahiti Chebolu of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics uses a precise mathematical framework to understand its different patterns and their underlying reasons. Her insights could help tailor individual strategies to tackle the issue.

-Why did I not do this when I still had the time?- - Whether it is filing taxes, meeting a deadline at work, or cleaning the apartment before a family visit, most of us have already wondered why we tend to put off certain tasks, even in the face of unpleasant consequences. Why do we make decisions that are harmful to us - against our better knowledge? This is precisely the conundrum of procrastination. ...

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