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Claudia Hammond explores the psychology of motivation and procrastination with an audience at the Cheltenham Science Festival. Is will power a good source of motivation? And why being a chronic procrastinator is bad for your health but there are ways to stop. Claudia is joined by guests, BBC presenter and Team GB triathlete, Louise Minchin, who talks about her route from journalist to representing team GB in triathlon World Championships. Fuschia Sirois from Sheffield University discusses some of the best ways to motivate ourselves to achieve our goals

It could be pretty hard to pick up somebody we know who doesn't have procrastination defined as the action of delaying or postponing something.

According to Wikipedia, procrastination is a common human experience involving delay in everyday chores or even putting off salient tasks such as attending an appointment, submitting a job report or academic assignment, or broaching a stressful issue with a partner. Although typically perceived as a negative trait due to its hindering effect on one's productivity often associated with depression, low self-esteem, guilt and inadequacy; it can also be considered a wise response to certain demands that could present risky or negative outcomes or require waiting for new information to arrive.

When it comes to students, what's behind such conduct? If you think the study is a process of joy rather than a pursuit of higher grade, perhaps procrastination is no longer a behavioural disorder that you fret about invariably.

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