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The "I'll start tomorrow" trap

The "I'll start tomorrow" trap

When there is a new habit to form or a new project to work on, the human tendency is to say, "I'll start tomorrow", or "I'll start on Monday."

We get a payoff when we delay important actions and promise that we will do it at some perfect time in the near future.

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The illusion of perfect beginnings

In nature, we see perfect beginnings and endings. The sun rise and sets. Trees shed their leaves in winter, and blossom in summer.

One thought payoff we get from delaying our work for a specific time is the idea that if we begin something perfectly, it will go perfectly and end perfectly. This is the main reason people make New Year's resolutions.

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What really goes on in your mind when you delay actions

We play mind games to convince ourselves that we are doing the right thing, even though we know its not the right thing.

When we don't feel like doing something that we know we must do, the mind is quick to rationalize a delay by 'giving you permission' to start a habit or do the task at a later 'perfect' stage. However, when we become aware of what we're really doing, we can change our behaviour.

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