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Dr. Joseph Ferrari, a psychologist at DePaul University in Chicago and an expert on procrastination, estimates that 20% of Americans are chronic procrastinators. "They delay at home, work, school, and in relationships," he tells the American Psychological Association. "We are a nation of 'doers,' but we are also, like people from other industrialized nations, a people of 'waiters'."

But if the scientific evidence on that score is damning, it might also hold some surprising solutions for the most inveterate procrastinators. Here are seven counterintuitive strategies to finally stop procrastinating.