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Activation energy: the chemistry of getting started - Ness Labs

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The initial hump of getting started

The most challenging part of a task is often getting started. For instance, to get out of bed or to start studying for an exam.

Usually, we make the process of starting much more laborious by adding unnecessary steps. We sign up to a gym that is t...

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In chemistry, activation energy is the energy that must be supplied to result in a chemical reaction. The more energy you need, the harder it is to start the chemical reaction. A way to apply the activation energy principle is to reduce the amount of energy you need to do the action.

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Catalysis makes it easier for a reaction to start. To motivate yourself for a task, add a personal catalyst.

  • Energetic linking. Try to link the task with an existing activity which requires low levels of activation energy. For example, to get yourself to listen t...

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