People procrastinate for the same reason they borrow money -- to receive short-term gratification in exchange for consequences at a later date, says Rory Vaden, co-founder of Southwest Consulting. To resist the urge to procrastinate, envision how completing the task can improve your life or help you reach a goal. Also, keep in mind the law of diminishing intent, which says that the longer you procrastinate, the less likely you are to act, Vaden says.

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