Do you tend to procrastinate? According to the numbers, most of us do. But if you think you have a good excuse – that delaying work to the last minute brings out the best in you – think again. According to researchers at Carleton University, people who say they work better under pressure are usually fooling themselves.
The team asked 300 people to complete questionnaires that assessed their personality traits and level of procrastination to see if a correlation exists. It didn’t.
The conclusion is that people cling to the idea of working better under pressure in an attempt to “reduce the disconnect between what they’re doing – which is nothing – and what they should be doing – which is working. Not to mention that claiming to thrive on pressure is socially acceptable – even positive.
There’s another reason to buckle down sooner, research has found that procrastination has a negative effect on a person’s happiness.