1. 本質理解 understand the nature

Why do you think people procrastinate? How do people typically try to overcome this bad habit?

Read this article on why procrastinators procrastinate.

Did Tim Urban do a good job in helping you understand your procrastination?
Consider his arguments as they relate to your life, and talk about this with a friend or family member.

2. 原因分析 analyze the cause

Analyzing the root cause often involves simply asking “why” about five times. Though not guaranteed, doing so will help unpack a difficult issue and get closer to its cause.

Why do you think the voter rate among young people is so low in Japan (less than 40% of 18-24 year old vote). Try to analyze the cause of this low voter turnout.

Explain your reasoning for the low voter turnout among youth in Japan and elsewhere.

3. 情報収集 gathering information

When trying to determine the root cause of a problem, it is important to properly gather information. Here are some tips:

From Muhammad to ISIS: Iraq’s Full Story

What resources did Tim Urban use in researching for this story? To what extent have you gone to gather information on a topic important to you? How can you do so more proactively?

4. 課題発見 awareness, discovery of the issues

Being aware of the issues on a daily basis is an important part of being an informed, global citizen.

List all the issues in today’s Japan Times – focus on one’s of national or international importance.

What issue do you think need to be resolved right away? Why?