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What causes precrastination

The ultimate cause of precrastination is short-term, emotionally-driven decision-making.

Just like in procrastination, precrastination involves making a decision based on what feels good in the moment rather than what’s in our long-term best interest.

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This is the compulsion to immediately work on new tasks, despite long-term costs and tradeoffs.

While the procrastinator delays important tasks too long, the precrastinator doesn’t delay unimportant tasks long enough.

  • Cheap satisfaction: we get immediate satisfaction from checking off the little things on our to-do lists.
  • Survival instinct: going after the easy, low-hanging fruit in life probably made more sense in our history than putting things off in order to get a long-term payof...

  • Awareness is always the first step. It’s difficult to stop doing something if you’re not aware that you’re doing it in the first place.
  • Practice emotional tolerance: precrastination is all about emotion. This means that working through precrastination will always invol...

This is the compulsion to immediately work on new tasks, despite long-term costs and tradeoffs.

While the procrastinator delays important tasks too long, the precrastinator doesn’t delay unimportant tasks long enough.

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Procrastination or intentional delay?

Often people confuse the two, procrastination is the act of postponing a task. It can also be defined as the force that prevents you from following through. However, the intentional delay is more deliberate. For example, a student who has to hand in an ...

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