Why You Procrastinate (with Leading Expert Piers Steel) | Scott H Young - Deepstash
Why we can’t seem to motivate ourselves

At a basic level, there are three elements of motivation.

  • Self-confidence or self-efficacy. The feeling that you can do this.
  • Finding the task unpleasant.
  • Sensitivity to time. We're sensitive to when rewards are realized.

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We are awful at long-term planning. We can stay motivated for a couple of days or a week, but we find it hard to plan a semester-long paper or a retirement plan.

It is essential to have definite goals, in well-defined words, and measured hours. What matters is if you can visualize yourself working on the goal.

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You can't have complete control over every outcome. You may not always have the best set of cards, but it shouldn't stop you from playing those cards the best way you can.

Learn to work with what you've got. Just like a poker game, you can maximize your chances. It starts with basic elements, like getting enough sleep and eating well.

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Boredom is our natural state of saying "this has no significance". Regrettably, it gets activated for a lot of things that are useful in the long-term.

When you realize that you can do your hardest work when you have the most energy, you'll find you'll accomplish more than your competition.

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