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Exploring the Five Influential Action Factors to Unravel Procrastination

Issued Date: 10.08.2023

Published Date: 14.08.2023


Author Affiliations: Anil Thomas


The voluntary delaying of work completion in the face of potential drawbacks is known as procrastination. It has substantial effects on personal, academic, and professional spheres. In order to better comprehend procrastination's underlying mechanisms, contributory elements, and potential mitigation measures, this paper aims to present a thorough and multifaceted investigation of the procrastinatory behaviour. This paper highlights a detailed examination of the cognitive, affective, and motivational elements of procrastination by synthesising the available literature from the psychology and cognitive science domains. There are five potential reasons as to why people procrastinate: when goals are too big, when goals are too small, and issues with respect to belief, attitude, as well as skill deficits. The paper also highlights a mitigation model basing analysis of chunking and Neuro-Linguistic Programming to end the vicious cycle with respect to procrastinatory behaviour.


Keywords: Affective · Chunking · Goal · Neuro-Linguistic Programming · Procrastination


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