Do you feel like you prioritize, or prefer to put things off? Do you think these could be synonymous? Do you find yourself cleaning or cooking or disappearing into TV shows when you have a big project to start? Are you a pro at saying you'll start on it tomorrow?

You're not alone - not by a long shot.

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Take a look at these articles and tools to help you to better understand and identify procrastination, and to challenge your inclination to procrastinate. Take a minute to consider what might help motivate you most to get started on this work - a partner, a cookie, a movie, a mini dance-party? Motivation is one of the keys to getting started and keeping at it. Even though it will take some doing, you're totally capable of beating procrastination and propelling yourself forward. 

(Not sure what you're looking for? Navigate to our Where Do I Start page and answer some questions. Based on your answers, we'll suggest some strategies and tools to use. You can check those out and use them to begin a more in-depth exploration of the Learning Corner.)

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