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Procrastination

By definition, procrastinating means that you’re avoiding a difficult task—likely in favor of an activity that provides more instant gratification. 

But it’s not just the fact that you’re not working that makes procrastination a waste of time. It’s also the fact that often, procrastination is linked to a sense of guilt and poor emotional regulation.

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If you have far more important things to do but are laboring away at administrative tasks that could be delegated elsewhere, you might have fallen victim to a time waster. 

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