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Chapter 4. It's All in Your Head > What's Causing Your Procrastination? - Pg. 35

It's All in Your Head The thought feeling action link described here is based on the work of psychologist Albert Ellis, who pioneered a very practical and well respected type of cognitive psychotherapy called Rational Emotive Therapy (RET). What I cover in this chapter is just the tip of the iceberg, so if you want a more in depth look at RET and cognitive psychology, read the work of Dr. Ellis in The Albert Ellis Reader: A Guide to Well Being Using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy by Albert Ellis and Shawn Blau, and How to Stubbornly Refuse to Make Yourself Miserable about Anything--Yes, Anything! by Albert Ellis. 35 You Just Didn't Think You might also procrastinate because you don't think enough . You may act impulsively without thinking through what you are doing. Suppose that every night after dinner you say to yourself, "I ought to clean up the kitchen now rather than leaving everything sitting here until morning." Then, without thinking about the negative consequences of putting off that task (such as the fact that the pots and pans will have all sorts of crud stuck to them by morning), you go off to do something else and ignore the dishes and leftover food sitting out. Action Tactic The next time you're about to put off something that you habitually procrastinate over, listen to the thoughts