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How to minimize procrastination

Expert insight:

People associate movement with progress and stillness with a lack thereof, explains study author Dolores Albarracín, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In other words, physical activity (as light as walking) can jumpstart brain activity while sitting can put your mind in a more dormant state.

Albarracín says movement can encourage you to finish any task, whether it’s an errand or a work project.

The bottom line:

If you find yourself procrastinating, a three-minute walk is enough to kick your brain into gear, Albarracín says. The more time and intensity you can dedicate to exercise, the stronger the effect.