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Motivation and procrastination

The reoccurring decision to delay a task or goal you’ve set for yourself is a common human behaviour. There could be any number of underlying reasons that motivate procrastination. Some of these include fear of failure, discomfort avoidance, and/or low energy…etc. The following resources can help you break the cycle of procrastination and support you in creating healthier work and wellness habits.

Campus resources

Janice Gange is UNB’s learning strategist who helps students with issues around time management, test taking strategies, and study techniques. To book an appointment with Janice, call 453-3515 or email

GSD (Get Sh*t Done): This is an online open group for anyone struggling to get work done. Join us for an hour each week to learn strategies for making the most of your time and managing academic demands. This session will be run by Matthew MacLean, mental health strategist and Janice Gange, learning strategist. For more info, e-mail Counselling Services at

Virtual resources

The Centre for Clinical Interventions offers free information sheets, worksheets, and a thorough workbook aimed at helping you understand and break the cycle of procrastination.

Perfectionism and Procrastination - CCI - Perfectionism & Perfectionism - A Double-Edged Sword.


The pomodoro technique has been proven to boost productivity through time management methods. Learn about more about this technique in this short video. 


  • Zero Willpower - an app that lets you set timers to limit social media intake.
  • 1-3-5 List - this app helps you prioritize your task list based on workload. 
  • Simple Habit - an app for conquering the anxiety behind procrastination 
  • Momentum - an app for setting intentions and finding motivation to get things done