How to Break the Procrastination Habit

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Isn't there something else you should be doing now? Didn't you click on the link that led to this post because you were trying to avoid doing something more productive, and more arduous, than clicking on a link? Don't you have a procrastination problem?

Help is available! Not from me, God knows. Asking me to help you quit procrastinating is like seeking anger management counseling from Mel Gibson. But Charles Duhigg, New York Times reporter and author of the bestselling book The Power of Habit , has some tips for procrastinators that he recently shared with me. The first of the two clips below is me describing my procrastination problem and him trying to convince me that maybe it isn't a problem after all. The second clip (which you may want to skip directly to, unless you share my fascination with my problems) is him, having finally acknowledged that I may have a problem, suggesting a way to solve it.

You can watch the whole conversation at Bloggingheads.tv.

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Robert Wright is the author of, most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic. More

Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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