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It’s Monday. What are the odds that you’ll postpone or put off a number of things this week? In my book, that’s not a problem, but there are critics out there who (though they do it themselves, hypocritical critics even!), will not only think less of you because you miss a few deadlines, they’ll actually tell you they think less of you.

Enter Tim Urban. Watch this video now and avoid 15 minutes of doing something else. That (something else) would probably be more sensible, but not as much fun.

 

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