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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think is an evolving roadmap to the best thinking on the planet — the ideas that can help you think flexibly and act decisively in a multivariate world.

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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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The Big Idea for Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sometimes it’s fun to procrastinate and sometimes it is necessary—as a way to put off a dreaded task until we feel more energetic, prepared, or able to do it. 

However, chronic procrastinating hampers productivity and affects our state of mind by generating worry, fear, or added stress. Fortunately, there are a number of clear and easy ways that you can break this behavior.

As the psychotherapist and author Jude Bijou points out in today's lesson, accomplishing what you’re avoiding will simplify your work life. You’ll feel more energetic. You’ll sleep better at night. So make sure to relish the feeling of success. 



  1. 1 Break Your Procrastination Habit in 9 Easy Steps
    Jude Bijou Experts' Corner
  2. 2 Procrastination As The Secret to Achievement
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice
  3. 3 The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself
    Dan Ariely
  4. 4 How to Form a Good Habit
    Charles Duhigg

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