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Precrastination: The Dark Side of Getting Things Done

Precrastination: The Dark Side of Getting Things Done

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Precrastination

This is the compulsion to immediately work on new tasks, despite long-term costs and tradeoffs.

While the procrastinator delays important tasks too long, the precrastinator doesn’t delay unimportant tasks long enough.

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Precrastination

This is the compulsion to immediately work on new tasks, despite long-term costs and tradeoffs.

While the procrastinator delays important tasks too long, the precrastinator doesn’t delay unimportant tasks long enough.

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What causes precrastination

The ultimate cause of precrastination is short-term, emotionally-driven decision-making.

Just like in procrastination, precrastination involves making a decision based on what feels good in the moment rather than what’s in our long-term best interest.

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Other causes of precrastination

  • Cheap satisfaction: we get immediate satisfaction from checking off the little things on our to-do lists.
  • Survival instinct: going after the easy, low-hanging fruit in life probably made more sense in our history than putting things off in order to get a long-term payoff.
  • Time management vs Energy management: most of us are taught to think about work and productivity in terms of managing our time well.

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Stop precrastinating

  • Awareness is always the first step. It’s difficult to stop doing something if you’re not aware that you’re doing it in the first place.
  • Practice emotional tolerance: precrastination is all about emotion. This means that working through precrastination will always involve working through difficult emotion.
  • Start by improving on one small area of precrastination before moving on to more challenging areas.

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