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Sep 25, 2017

As I’m recording this episode, it’s a few hours before I usually publish. In fact, I wrote this episode only hours ago from scratch. Did you ever have one of those weekends when you knew you had to do something -- in my case, write Monday’s episode -- and for some reason, other things came along and distracted you? That was me. Things like wanting to relax after work on Friday instead of writing, or deciding to finally put away a load of laundry, to writing Thursday’s episode instead, to helping a friend with his podcast.

Basically, I waited until my husband was out of the house and my son was taking a nap to finally get around to writing this episode. And I decided to go with a topic that reflected my weekend.

I’m your host, Emily Prokop, and this is The Story Behind Procrastination.

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Procrastination Through the Ages: A Brief History of Wasting Time - Mental Floss

Getting Over Procrastination - The New Yorker

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A Historical View of Procrastination - Psychology Today

How Procrastination Changed the World - MakeUseOf

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Man Who Said The World Is Ending Saturday Changed His Mind. It Isn't Actually Ending. - USA Today