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“On a moment-to-moment basis, being in the middle of doing the work is usually less painful than being in the middle of procrastinating.”

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MORE IDEAS FROM The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through on Things

The ability to delay gratification is a great predictor of success in life.

If you really understand how to resist the attraction of instant gratification, you'll be able to bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be.

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  • Design your future actions, using a commitment device (a choice you make in the present that controls your actions in the future). 
  • Reduce the friction of starting. Once you begin, it's often less painful to do the work. Make the beginning easy.
  • Utilize implementation intentions: State your intention to implement a particular behavior at a specific time in the future (with date, place and time).

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It refers to our tendency to choose immediate rewards over future rewards. It's why we make plans, but don't take action.

When we make plans, we are actually making plans for our future selves. But when the time comes to make a decision, we are in the moment and our brain is thinking about the present self.

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Akrasia happens when you do one thing even though you know you should do something else.

It's what prevents you from following through on what you set out to do. It could be translated into procrastination or a lack of self-control.

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Motivation Isn’t Enough

We tend to rely solely on motivation and willpower to beat procrastination, but this often leads to failure to meet deadlines and follow through on our plans.

A better way to beat procrastination is to use the House Arrest Strategy in three simple steps: write down a deadline, create negative consequences for inaction and design your desired future action.

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According to traditional thinking, procrastinators have a time-management problem. They are unable to understand how long a task will take and need to learn how to schedule their time better.

However, psychologists increasingly realize that procrastination is an issue with managing our emotions, not our time.

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Nowadays, everybody is aware of the importance a university diploma has for one's future. However, the fact that learning goes beyond the five years spent at university is just started to be taken into account by the different universities. 

The so-called 'lifelong passport' refers to the possibility of continuously learning, no matter your age, as the labor market always requires newly improved skills.

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