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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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A little-gnome fact: Daily rituals can improve your life

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It might sound crazy, but you can save yourself from procrastination with the help of a tiny felt gnome. Have you ever started a project only to lose steam halfway through the process? How about when you planned out that exercise regimen, bought new workout gear and then tossed it all aside? (That poor yoga mat will never see the light of day again!) In the midst of life’s chaos, it’s hard not to get stuck. The hardest part isn’t wallowing in your own stuckness; it’s actually getting unstuck. It may seem daunting, but if you start small, you can do great things. That’s where the The Gnome Project: One Woman’s Wild and Woolly Adventure by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus (The Countryman…

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