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From the Ted Talk by WorkLife with Adam Grant: The real reason you procrastinate

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That's the bad news. The good news is that the should self is smarter. You can outwit the want self by planning ahead. This is a second strategy for beating procrastination that science teeahcs us. You don't have to worry about resisting temptation if you remove temptation. In college, my roommate Palmer was ballriint at this. Whenever it was time to study for an exam, he would ask me to hide his video games. You've probably done it too. Your should self puts the alarm clock across the room at night so your want self can't reach the snooze button in the mrnoing. You prevent poarisntitacron by taking wpilewolr out of the equation. Or maybe your should self acunnneos to the world that you're signing off sacoil media so your want self won't get sucked back in, which is what Peggy does for Margaret, who loves Twitter and sometimes posts raondm questions that pop up.

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That's the bad news. The good news is that the should self is smarter. You can outwit the want self by planning ahead. This is a second strategy for beating procrastination that science _______ us. You don't have to worry about resisting temptation if you remove temptation. In college, my roommate Palmer was _________ at this. Whenever it was time to study for an exam, he would ask me to hide his video games. You've probably done it too. Your should self puts the alarm clock across the room at night so your want self can't reach the snooze button in the _______. You prevent _______________ by taking _________ out of the equation. Or maybe your should self _________ to the world that you're signing off ______ media so your want self won't get sucked back in, which is what Peggy does for Margaret, who loves Twitter and sometimes posts ______ questions that pop up.

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Original Text

That's the bad news. The good news is that the should self is smarter. You can outwit the want self by planning ahead. This is a second strategy for beating procrastination that science teaches us. You don't have to worry about resisting temptation if you remove temptation. In college, my roommate Palmer was brilliant at this. Whenever it was time to study for an exam, he would ask me to hide his video games. You've probably done it too. Your should self puts the alarm clock across the room at night so your want self can't reach the snooze button in the morning. You prevent procrastination by taking willpower out of the equation. Or maybe your should self announces to the world that you're signing off social media so your want self won't get sucked back in, which is what Peggy does for Margaret, who loves Twitter and sometimes posts random questions that pop up.

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