Goal-setting is for the birds

So many people kick off the new year looking for a fresh start. Something about the turning of the year suddenly inspires people to want to live their best lives, to transition, and to become better versions of themselves. A newfound interest in hitting the gym to discover the abs you just know are in there. A focused push to get out from under your disorganized life. Working to tame your financial landscape. Learning a new skill, picking up a hobby, or transitioning to a new career. These are just some of the many common resolutions bandied about this time of year. However, while many are quick to post their dreams and hopes on the social channel du jour, most will never experience the satisfaction of achieving them.

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The science of productive procrastination

Stop procrastinating, or you’ll go blind. Or was it that it would put hair on my palms? Anyway, I’ve heard it a thousand times, and I’m sure you’ve heard the same. In fact, if I had a dollar for every time I was told to stop slacking off and get back to work, I’d have many, many dollars. But good news! Science went and thought about this most-common of time-wasting techniques, and the results are in. It turns out that active procrastination may not only be a good thing—but it could actually make you more productive.

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