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Why we’re bored

Boredom is our natural state of saying "this has no significance". Regrettably, it gets activated for a lot of things that are useful in the long-term.

When you realize that you can do your hardest work when you have the most energy, you'll find you'll accomplish more than your competition.

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We are awful at long-term planning. We can stay motivated for a couple of days or a week, but we find it hard to plan a semester-long paper or a retirement plan.

It is essential to have definite goals, in well-defined words, and measured hours. What matter...

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Learn to work with what you've got. Just like a poker game, you can maximize your ch...

At a basic level, there are three elements of motivation.

  • Self-confidence or self-efficacy. The feeling that you can do this.
  • Finding the task unpleasant.
  • Sensitivity to time. We're sensitive to when rewards are r...

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Why we fail to motivate ourselves

Two factors contribute to a lack of motivation.

  • Lack of drive. The object of our goals may just not be worthwhile.
  • Pain from progress. Something might be in the way of our progress. It may be fears, but most often, it is drudgery, effort or ...

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Procrastination

Procrastination is not just avoiding or delaying a task.

It also has to include an aspect that’s counterproductive, irrational or unnecessary.

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