Do you find there are some tasks that always fall to the bottom of your to-do list? Research suggests it’s less about time management and more about emotions. You put off the task because you’re not in the right mood, then as the deadline approaches, you regret not starting earlier and ultimately feel much worse. Getting out of this “doom loop” requires understanding why you’re putting something off, writes author Dr Travis Bradberry. Is it as simple as needing a snack, or are you dissatisfied with your work? To end the cycle, he suggests breaking a task into smaller chunks, avoiding perfectionism and focusing on how you’ll feel when the task is done.