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Everybody procrastinates, but it depends on the type of procrastination: harmless or harmful.
If we procrastinate doing a useful or informative activity that we find refreshing, or if we take a short break to recharge ourselves, then that is not a form of negative procrastination.
It is a way to be aware of what is sucking you into habits that are not rewarding to you.
Example: Facebook is designed to be easy to check, and one can find interesting things in it quickly, leading to procrastination and time-wasting to someone who is not aware.
To beat procrastination, we have to motivate ourselves by understanding that the work that is to be done has a real positive effect on our life.
It also helps to be aware and to time yourself in your procrastination duration, checking if you extend your breaks or are punctual.
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