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What causes your brain to procrastinate and how to face it

By Richard Sima

05 Jan 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Studies suggest that the root of procrastination lies in cognitive bias - we believe a task will be easier to do at a later point. The Washington Post gives some top tips on tackling procrastination.

As a chronic procrastinator, I feel a sense of anguish as each new year arrives. In a time of resolutions or nudge words, I still have goals from the old year.

Why do people procrastinate?

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