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The 'Start from tomorrow' trap - PsychMechanics

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The 'Start from tomorrow' trap - PsychMechanics
How many times have you heard someone, or even yourself, say, “I’ll start from tomorrow” or “I’ll start from Monday” or “I’ll start from next month” when

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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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Seneca’ Stoic Guide To Anger Management

  • Practice preemptive meditation: decide ahead of time how to deal with angering things.
  • Check anger as soon as possible: waiting can lead to loss of control.
  • Associate with serene people: moods are infectious.
  • Engage in relaxing activities: A relaxed mind doesn’t get angry.
  • Seek environments with pleasing colors: external circumstances affect mood.
  • Avoid discussions when thirsty, hungry or tired: you will be more irritable, and prone to escalate into anger.
  • Use self-deprecating humor: counteracts anger in the self.
  • Practice cognitive distancing: delaying responses by doing other things allows you a breather from tension.
  • Calm your reactions: slow down your steps, lower the tone of your voice, impose on your body the demeanor of a calm person.
  • Be charitable toward others: it’s a path to good living.

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Epictetus, stoic philosopher

“Remember that it is we who torment, we who make difficulties for ourselves – that is, our opinions do. What, for instance, does it mean to be insulted? Stand by a rock and insult it, and what have you accomplished? If someone responds to insult like a rock, what has the abuser gained with his invective?”

Procrastination

Procrastination

Procrastination is one habit that most of us have. We tend to delay finishing a task or a project not because we are lazy but because we have negative emotions surrounding the task - boredo...

The Good Type of Procrastination

The topic of procrastination is highly debated.

Many arguments revolve around the fact that procrastinating is linked to depression, low-self esteem, or anxiety. This may be true, but the Zeigarnik Effect may prove something entirely different; it argues that an interruption during a task that requires focus can improve a person's ability to remember it afterwards.

Removing Resistance To Lessen Procrastination

Everyone procrastinates when there is resistance. Your job is to remove the resistance so you can get things done and move on.

If you had a gym membership at a gym which was 20 minutes away from your place and you rarely ever visit the area, would you be encouraged to go? No. So, instead, sign up to a gym near your place that is on route to your office or the market.