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Struggling with delayed gratification

  • Break a long-term assignment into multiple smaller ones. 
  • Find ways to reward yourself along the way. 
  • Schedule your most frequent diversions — think checking social media or completing non-urgent chores and errands — for the gaps between these smaller chunks to get a quick hit of an enjoyable activity, 
  • Clarify why this task or commitment is important to you.

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Procrastination is not just avoiding or delaying a task.

Many people procrastinate because they’re anxious about the outcome of a project, don’t think they can complete it well or fear failure.

Many people are inherently more productive at certain times of the day. 

Sometimes, what looks like procrastination may actually be a symptom of something more serious, such as depression, anxiety or attention problems.

  • People procrastinate because of a lack of value [associated with the task]
  • because they expect that they’re not going to achieve the value they’re trying to achieve; 
  • because the value is too far from you in terms of time
  • or because you’re ...

Even the most efficient workers have days when it’s harder to finish tasks. 

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