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Essential Ingredients Every Master Procrastinator Knows

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

As usual, TED delivers outstanding 15 minutes video of Tim Urban, the guy who perfected the art of procrastination. Why do you procrastinate? In fact, it is not you, it is instant gratification monkey that does it for you. Monkey see, monkey have. We do it all the time in our lives. We postpone and delay what needs to be done NOW. And later find ourselves with more stress and less achievements.

There is a very easy and simple way to break such a vicious cycle is to set deadlines for our tasks. That way you get reminded to stop feeding your inner monkey. Continue reading How to stay sharp and youthful when you age.

Why do we procrastinate, and how to avoid it

Very interesting lecture by Dr. Tim Pychyl why most of us delay, delay, and delay tasks that need to be done. Apparently one reason is our eagerness to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Every time we move the task schedule for tomorrow, we just avoid the discomfort of dealing with the problem now. One of the approaches is to break the task into smaller, more manageable sub tasks. Make these sub tasks concrete, that way it is easier to start doing it now. And remember “How do you eat an elephant? The answer is Piece by piece.”