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Sloth: To Stop Procrastinating, Focus on Emotions

We get an emotional boost when we procrastinate, but research offers strategies to help stay the course
women sliding off bed



Jan Feindt

Timothy Pychyl, a psychologist at Carleton University, dotes on his eight huskies. On winter weekends he takes them dogsledding on the snow-covered trails near his house in Ottawa.

As the number of dogs has grown, though, so have the chores. Pychyl dreads one duty above all others: clipping their claws, all 150 (or so) of them.

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