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Today’s Solutions: June 22, 2024

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These tips will help you make that big writing project less overwhelming

Whether it’s writing an essay, an article, or a book, the process of getting started on a writing project can be very daunting. It can be so daunting, in fact, that you spend way too much procrastinating rather than actually getting started. Should you be one of those people who gets plagued by Read More...

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Beat procrastination and feel good at work with this mental habit

Procrastination is often seen as an aspect of poor time management, but research shows that as associate professor of psychology at Carleton University Tim Pychyl states: “Procrastination is not a time-management problem, it’s an emotion-management problem.” Even though bringing up Read More...

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How to use your procrastination tendencies to make an effective to-do list

There are many ways to beat procrastination, but the easiest way to get things done is to make a to-do list that works with your natural tendencies. Don’t know where to start? Here are 5 ideas to consider. Cut the to-do list down For starters, figure out what to eliminate or automate. If Read More...

6 Ways to end bedtime procrast

6 Ways to end bedtime procrastination

Are you a bedtime procrastinator? Do you know you should go to sleep but end up binge-watching television, scrolling through social media, or looking for an appetizer recipe to bring to that dinner party this weekend? Nighttime procrastination is often driven by what a 2014 study coined as Read More...

Try these two simple, science-

Try these two simple, science-backed tricks to stop procrastinating

While many may think otherwise, procrastination is not a behavior rooted in laziness. Rather, people engage in procrastination in a bid to avoid the “negative feelings associated” with that task, explains Timothy A. Pychyl, Ph.D., a psychology professor at Canada’s Carleton University and a Read More...

Here are 5 strategies to help

Here are 5 strategies to help you keep procrastination at bay

We’ve all been there, putting stuff off knowing all too well that it will only make our future-selves worse off. But although everyone does it sometimes, chronic procrastination can lead to anxiety, chronic stress, and less physical activity. So, what can you do to beat this oh-so-dreadful facet Read More...

How to finally beat procrastin

How to finally beat procrastination once and for all

There is no doubt that procrastination is a shallow grave in which life-changing opportunities are buried. Procrastination is the lack of taking action. We often prefer to do something else rather than the tasks that lead to a productive outcome. In simple terms, procrastination is a pause in the Read More...

These three strategies will he

These three strategies will help you beat procrastination

One explanation for why procrastination can rule our lives and pull us in has to do with a behavioral economics term called “time inconsistency.” Time inconsistency refers to the tendency of the human brain to value immediate rewards more highly than future rewards. When you make plans for Read More...