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Hacking Your Will Power

2. Change the Clocks

Time is all about perception. Set your clocks back a couple minutes. When you’re running 5-minutes late, you’ll realize that means you’re actually on time. When you have a deadline, immediately change it in your personal calendar. Make it 2 or 3-days earlier than it needs to be, and stick with that. This way, the procrastination that plagues you has less power over your life.

In a 2007 meta-analysis by University of Calgary psychologist, Piers Steel, PhD, reported that, “Eighty-percent to 95-percent of college students procrastinate, particularly when it comes to doing their coursework.” Old habits are hard to break, and you may still be up until midnight the day before your newly assigned deadline. But at least you still have 3-days to correct the errors that come from the fog of a late night. The real deadline will be much less stressful, and finishing early will give you a heightened sense of accomplishment that may just break your procrastination habits for good.

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