Forbes' Amy Morin explains that we categorize priorities in a binary: present and future. The study revealed that participants were more likely to put off a task if the due date happened to be during the following week; future. Meanwhile, tasks due within the same week were treated with urgency; present. Essentially, anything we can delay, we will.
Now, while learning to break your to-dos into, as Morin writes, "manageable chunks" and "establish 'now' deadlines," it's inevitable you're going to fight against your own willpower. Some might turn to a cool new book, others might go for a jog, while some sleep. But, if you're one who picks up the phone every time the Internet calls, you know the dangers of its black holes.