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The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through on Things

jamesclear.com

Akrasia happens when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else.

It's what prevents you from following through on what you set out to do. It could be translated into procrastination or a lack of self-control.

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It refers to our tendency to choose immediate rewards over future rewards. It's why we make plans, but don't take action.

When we make plans, we are actually making plans for our future selves. But when the time comes to make a decision, we are in the moment and our brain is thinking...

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The ability to delay gratification is a great predictor of success in life.

If you really understand how to resist the attraction of instant gratification, you'll be able to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

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  • Design your future actions, using a commitment device (a choice you make in the present that controls your actions in the future). 
  • Reduce the friction of starting. Once you begin, it's often less painful to do the work. Make the beginning easy.
  • Utilize imple...

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“On a moment-to-moment basis, being in the middle of doing the work is usually less painful than being in the middle of procrastinating.”

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