(つ◔౪◔)つ━☆゚.*・。゚ The 2022 TKSST Gift Guide ✩°。⋆・゚  
Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Why do we procrastinate and how can we stop?

Watch more with these video collections:

“The report you’ve been putting off is due tomorrow. It’s time to buckle down, open your computer … and check your phone. Maybe watch your favorite YouTube channel? Or maybe you should just start in the morning? This is the cycle of procrastination. So, why do we procrastinate when we know it’s bad for us?”

What is procrastination? What’s going on inside our brains and bodies when, for no good reason, we put off things we said we were going to do? It’s stressful! And the feelings of failure, shame, guilt, insecurity, and dread that come with procrastinating can make the situation worse. How do we stop putting things off?

procrastination
The first step in fixing the problem is to understand what’s happening: This TED-Ed video begins to demystify dilly-dallying by explaining our biological responses, then shares a few strategies for short-circuiting our stress responses, including cultivating an attitude of self-compassion:

“Procrastination can look like a symptom of laziness, but chronic procrastinators are actually often perfectionists with a high fear of failure.”

fight flight freeze

Procrastination is the neurological response to stress — the same “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction all mammals have in any life-threatening situation…

“If we view procrastination as not a time-management problem, but an emotional regulation problem, perhaps we can more successfully combat its negative effects.”

bear vs deadline
self-compassion
Professor Fuschia Sirois is the educator for this TED-Ed, with animation directed by and action agency co-founder Vitalii Nebelskyi.

Related reading: Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control).

Related videos about emotions include:
How to transform nervous feelings into positive energy
What can we learn about stress from birds?
• Telegraph Line (Nervous System), a 1979 Schoolhouse Rock animation
• Mindfulness animations on change, calm, and connection
• How to deal with anxiety from change and how to be at peace with the unknown

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Where did the idea of “normal” come from?

Rion Nakaya

What can we learn about stress from birds?

Rion Nakaya

The Reflection in Me, an animation about self-appreciation

Rion Nakaya

Telegraph Line (Nervous System), a 1979 Schoolhouse Rock animation

Rion Nakaya

Right On Tracks: Music videos that encourage kindness, inclusion, and empathy

Rion Nakaya

Nobody is Normal, a stop-motion animation for the U.K.’s Childline

Rion Nakaya

Nervous, an animation by Charmaine Ang

Rion Nakaya

Mindfulness animations on change, calm, and connection

Rion Nakaya

How to transform nervous feelings into positive energy

Rion Nakaya