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Struggling with procrastination? Psychologists say it takes 63 days to form a habit

Struggling with procrastination? Psychologists say it takes 63 days to form a habit (Cleveland Clinic)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - If you are just getting your taxes filed now, or you are filing for an extension, you might be interested in a new report that was released on Monday on procrastination

Psychologists at the Cleveland Clinic say when people procrastinate, they engage in something called an “approach avoidance conflict”.

That's a fancy title for what happens they say when people’s brains back away after a commitment to something as the event gets closer.

Thoughts generate anxiety and as tension rises people want to run away from it. They then keep putting it off, or “procrastinating”.

While some think they do better under a deadline, this report says it's mostly about avoiding an uncomfortable situation. This can lead to a habit of putting things off.

So, to turn it around, they suggest you try not putting things off for 63 days.

That's the amount of time they say you have to get up every day and do what needs to be done to make a new habit.

During that time, what you are apparently doing is changing your relationship with discomfort.

If you get the right reward, such as an early tax return, it helps, If not, it's much harder to break the habit!

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