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Curb Procrastination: Tim Urban’s TED Talk Inspires a Motivational Book List

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Procrastination plagues the best of us. In this TED talk from TED 2016 in February, Wait But Why blogger and sorta-kinda professional procrastinator Tim Urban takes us inside the minds of serial procrastinators. He breaks down three distinct voices in our brains related to procrastination: the “rational decision-maker,” the “instant gratification monkey,” and the all-powerful “panic monster” that leaps into action as soon as a catastrophic deadline creeps up on us. However, what starts out as a comical breakdown of what’s perceived as a goofy, bad habit becomes an examination of what happens when we procrastinate the big-picture life stuff that doesn’t have deadlines, like reconnecting with family, working on relationships or getting fit. Urban pushes viewers to tackle those challenges without…

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Get Your Paper Towns Fix With These Road Trip Reads

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I’m a little bit of a John Green junkie. His quick, witty writing style sucked me in at Looking for Alaska and I haven’t looked back since. Which is why I’m so excited for the movie adaptation of Paper Towns, out July 24th: The movie promises to capture the mysterious, playful feel of the novel, as we follow Quentin on his search for Margo after spending one perfect night together. The story turns into a pretty epic road trip as he searches for clues, and eventually has to confront the reality of the girl-next-door. As far back as On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, road trip novels have become synonymous with coming-of-age tales. There’s just something about a long stretch…

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