What happens to your brain and body when you procrastinate too much

Posted On: Apr 11, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Summary List Placement There's a reason why people are such bad procrastinators. It's easy: Procrastinating feels great. But it's not so great for your brain since it pits two of your brain's heavy hitters, your limbic system, and your prefrontal cortex into a literal head-to-head match.
Following is a transcript of the video.
Most of us have procrastinated at some point in our lives. But about one in every five of us are compulsive about it. Putting off tasks and chores nearly every chance they get.
They're called chronic procrastinators. And it turns out, this behavior does a lot more damage than you might think.
We get it, doing work is hard.
But when you choose to watch TV over doing laundry or washing the dishes you've just launched an all-out battle in your brain.
On one side is your prefrontal cortex. That's the part of your brain that sets long-term goals and regulates self-control. It's telling you that those dishes aren't going to clean themselves.
On the opposing side is your limbic system. It...

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