Step 3: Balancing Your Obligations And Desires

Performing obligations makes you want to do desired activities to compensate, which often leads to failures in self-control and feelings of inadequacy. It’s important to not overwhelm yourself with obligations so you don’t lose control later and incur in inefficiency.


Performance on a task tends to suffer if you do it for too long, butreturns to normal when your efforts are rewarded.Meaning, motivation and changes in task framing, moderately deplete and reduce future failures of self-control. To do that:

  1. Rank the tasks on your goal list based on your motivation toward them.
  2. Look at the balance between desirable and undesirable tasks.
  3. If there are more undesirable tasks, create a small list of desirable tasks, preferably related to your main goal, until you have roughly the same number of each.
  4. Change the order of the tasks so you have desirable and undesirable tasks alternating.

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