NEW YORK – When faced with difficult tasks, people prefer to tackle them immediately, rather than finding ways to put them off.
Dubbed ‘precrastination’, researchers from Pennsylvania claim that hurrying to complete a task is more common than first thought, even if it takes more effort to do so.
Dr David Rosenbaum, from Pennsylvania State University said: ‘Most of us feel stressed about all the things we need to do – we have to-do lists, not just on slips of paper we carry with us or on our iPhones, but also in our heads.
Researchers found that people often chose the action that took more physical effort.
The researchers conducted a total of nine experiments, each of which had the same general set-up.
Dr Rosenbaum concluded: ‘Our findings indicate that while our participants did care about physical effort, they also cared a lot about mental effort.