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I am in the IT industry working with software all day long from logic to code. Sometimes, very seemingly small things take a long time while larger tasks are solved in jiffy.

I have a habit of letting things lingering on: if something is complicated, I'll do it later; if it's not a lot to do, I'll do it later; if there's too much chaos around here I'll do it later.

This procrastination leads to bad consequences, such as late night stays in the office, to the point where it's now almost turned into a habit (something I have observed with several people), which ruins my social life during week days.

It's a major issue, any research or helpful response can save lot of US.

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closed as not a real question by Adam Wuerl Apr 25 '13 at 2:34

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This question, as posed, is too broad to really have any effective answers. It appears what's being asked is a very general question about time management, procrastination, and how to be more productive during working hours so that you don't have to stay late. These themes have been the topic of at least dozens of books--and as a general rule if a question is so broad that it could serve as the topic for a book it's too broad to be a question on Stack Exchange. If you have a more specific question that could yield a narrower answer we'd love to have it. – Adam Wuerl Apr 25 '13 at 2:37

There's a classic article from Harvard Business Review that talks about tasks as monkeys. They're kind of cute and cuddly, and you feel kind of lonely if you don't have enough of them around. But if you have too many of them at feeding time and don't have enough bananas to go around, watch out, you're in trouble! See The article is in the context of management, but the concept generalizes very well.

What might help in your case is to keep a list of tasks, including the date (and maybe time) the task is added to your list. Set a limit on how long you will allow yourself to keep a task on the list (when is feeding time?). It will require a little self discipline to keep the tasks moving off your list, but you'll feel a great satisfaction if you ever get to mark everything planned for the day as done.

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