It’s easier for our brainsto process concrete and immediate outcomes rather than abstract and future things. So the short-term effort easily dominates the long-term upside in our minds— behavioral scientists call this present bias.
Create a memory . Our brain sends signals in a particular pattern associated with the event we're experiencing and creates connections between our neurons, called synapses. Consolidate that memory . It's the process of committing something to long-term memory so we can recall it later. Much of this process happens while we're sleeping as our brains recreate that same pattern of brain activity and strengthen the synapses created earlier. Recall . Recalling a memory is easier if it has been strengthened over time.
To beat procrastination and make better long-term choices, find a way to make your present self act in the best interest of your future self. You have 3 primary options: Make the rewards of long-term behavior more immediate. Make the costs of procrastination more immediate. Remove procrastination triggers from your environment.
Two Harvard Professors Reveal Why We Procrastinate
Our emotions are obsessed with the present moment because it’s difficult to look past our immediate fears and anxieties. And this prevents good decision-making. T he sweet spot in decision-making is to find the short-term failures that enable huge long-term successes to happen in the first place.