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Why Are People So Unproductive in Short Windows of Time?

Who knows where the last hour went.
Source: Carlos Barria / Reuters

Have you ever decided to take the next hour before you have to go to get something done, and then mysteriously failed to accomplish anything? If so, you're not alone. This phenomenon, when knowing that the available time has a limit keeps you from using it to its fullest, is the subject of a in the . Through a series of eight different experiments, performed not just in labs but also in an airport’s waiting areas, the researchers

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