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Why do I waste so much time?

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Does it take you forever to make a doctor’s appointment, clean out your garage, or do your taxes? Putting off something that needs to be done is called procrastination. We all do it sometimes, but if you constantly struggle to finish tasks, there may be a bigger problem at play.

Once you figure out your reasons, you can work on making the most of your time.

From: Why Do I Waste So Much Time? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Association for Psychological Science, “Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

San Francisco State University Counseling Center, “Time Management: Procrastination.”

Stanford University School of Medicine, “The Science of Willpower.”

Niermann, H., , 2014. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

Summerfeldt, L., November 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychology,

University of New Mexico Hospitals, “Signs of Sleepiness and Sleep Deprivation.”

Solomon, L., Vol. 31, No. 4, 1984 Journal of Counseling Psychology,

Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Symptom Overlap in GAD and Depression,” “Depression; Symptoms,” “Anxiety: Symptoms,” “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

News release, Stanford University School of Medicine.

NHS, “Struggling With Stress?”

National Institute of Mental Health, “What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

SOURCES:

Association for Psychological Science, “Why Wait? The Science Behind Procrastination.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”

San Francisco State University Counseling Center, “Time Management: Procrastination.”

Stanford University School of Medicine, “The Science of Willpower.”

Niermann, H., , 2014. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research

Summerfeldt, L., November 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychology,

University of New Mexico Hospitals, “Signs of Sleepiness and Sleep Deprivation.”

Solomon, L., Vol. 31, No. 4, 1984 Journal of Counseling Psychology,

Anxiety and Depression Association of America, “Symptom Overlap in GAD and Depression,” “Depression; Symptoms,” “Anxiety: Symptoms,” “Generalized Anxiety Disorder.”

News release, Stanford University School of Medicine.

NHS, “Struggling With Stress?”

National Institute of Mental Health, “What is Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 21, 2017

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