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Miguel Gonçalves

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Here's how you can use time blocking to make the most of the time you have each day.

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Time blocking is the practice of planning out every moment of your day in advance and dedicating specific time "blocks" for certain tasks and responsibilities.

While a standard to-do list tells you what you need to do, time blocking tells you when you're going to do it. Click To Tweet

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It doesn't really matter why you procrastinate. Some love the pressure of deadlines. Some are afraid to fail so they put it off until the very last moment.

One thing that all procrastinators have in common is that procrastination has a price.

This highly cited study , published in the American Psychological Society journal, by Dianne Tice and Roy Baumeister discusses the cost of procrastination. It is related to:

Procrastination is not innocent behavior. It's a sign of poor self-regulation. Researchers even compare procrastination to alcohol and drug abuse.

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8 . Procrastination is not a problem of time management or of planning. Procrastinators are not different in their ability to estimate time, although they are more optimistic than others. "Telling someone who procrastinates to buy a weekly planner is like telling someone with chronic depression to just cheer up," insists Dr. Ferrari.

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Tax Day is a horror for many procrastinators.

For many people, a little procrastination isn't harmful - like 15 minutes lost in Facebook or putting off doing the laundry for a few days.

But then there are things like taxes. And all the people who keep meaning to start saving for retirement , but never do. And people with obesity or diabetes who constantly tell themselves, "I'll start eating right tomorrow" - but never do. For some people, p rocrastination creates huge problems at work, at school, and at home.

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