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If you're like me, you watched the Oscars from 8:30 p.m. to midnight and sadly watched Gravity win nine awards, Leo not win ANY, and most importantly, three and a half hours fly by. I don't know about you, but I procrastinate most tasks---even writing this post. In fact, 20% of Americans identify themselves as "chronic procrastinators"---as in, they procrastinate every major task. I looked a bit into why we procrastinate, and one of the most interesting explanations is an evolution-based argument. Basically, the argument goes like this:

Humans evolved in a dangerous, unforgiving world. If our plans failed, we died. Thus, we grew to feel averse towards plans that involved us doing things we did not believe we were capable of.

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If you break the task down into smaller pieces , it will become clearer to you how exactly you're going to finish it. If you do the hard tasks first , you can make enough progress while you're still fresh to show your brain that the task is accomplishable. And, if you take stock of your progress at reasonable points, then you will be assured of the accomplishment you have already achieved and that you can  finish the task.

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