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Every morning when the alarm goes off, I hesitate a minute. And, then I tell myself: “Get up and do your exercises!”

I do them. Every morning. Even when I would much prefer to be sleeping a bit longer.

Soon, I’m finished. I’ve learned that I need to do my exercises immediately—as soon as I wake up. Procrastinating is dangerous.

I’m following the advice of Dr. Timothy Pychyl, a professor at Carleton University in Ottawa, who is an expert on procrastination.

“You don’t have to be in the mood to do a certain task,” he says. “Just ignore how you feel and get started.”

Now I’m trying to follow that advice and do my spring cleaning. I am not enthusiastic about de-cluttering my closet—but I am just going to do it.

I found an article with Dr. Pychyl’s advice while I was cleaning. It was in the Saturday, May 21, 2016, issue of The Dallas Morning News.

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