A recent study shows scientists are beginning to figure out why people procrastinate. It’s about time.

A recent study shows scientists are beginning to figure out why people procrastinate.


It’s about time.


Many people procrastinate. Like those who tell me, “Yeah, I’ve been meaning to read your column ...”


We all know the upside to procrastination: it’s much more fun than impatience.


Apparently, though, there is a downside. In an Associated Press story, University of Calgary professor Piers Steel explained the pitfalls of procrastination.


‘‘People who procrastinate tend to be less healthy, less wealthy and less happy,’’ Steel said.


That’s good news. I had been looking for an excuse. I wasn’t looking very hard, mind you, but looking nonetheless.


So what does this timely information have to do with pop culture? I’ll tell you eventually.


The recent research also has revealed why we procrastinate.


“We have so many more temptations,” Steel said. “It’s never been harder to be self-disciplined in all of history than it is now.’’


That’s a relief. I thought it was just me.


What about the pop-cultural ramifications? Give me a minute.


As soon as I read about the new research, I wanted to address it immediately. But several priorities were higher on my “To-Don’t” list.


Besides, I knew my creativity would eventually fall by the wayside, and I was right. Technically, it fell between the wayside and the refrigerator, and got wedged in there. I got a hanger and tried to fashion it into a hook to try to fish it out. But ... oh yeah, the procrastination stuff.


Am I ever going to connect this subject to pop culture? I thought you’d never ask.


Suppose you’ve been meaning to see a hot new movie. You dilly-dally while it’s in theaters and miss the bus.


“I’ll wait for the DVD,” you say.


Before you know it, the film hits video stores as a New Arrival.


“I’ll wait until the price drops.”


Time passes. The DVD is moved to the general collection, then into the “Classics” section, then it goes into that little room in back.


Several years later, a friend asks if you’ve seen the movie.


“Not yet,” you say.


“You mean to tell me you haven’t seen that yet?!” he asks. “Gee. I’ve seen it three times.”


“Wow,” you say. “Aren’t you quite on-the-ball.”


So here’s the bottom line. Procrastinators are nicer people than non-procrastinators. I’ve waited a long time to say that.


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