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Motivation and Procrastination. How to get rid of distractions and get the job done.
I am sure you are all familiar with the situation. You are in front of two contrasting paths. One is the distraction ( like the internet, friends, food, video-games, music, etc. ) and the other is the work you have to do but don't feel like doing. How do you get the 'want' to do it when you do not want do to it?
In most cases, procrastination comes rushing in and we delay the matter for another time, self-deceiving ourselves that we are going to take care of it afterwards. As expected, the time where it's too late to catch up comes and we end up with the task incomplete.
I find this a major problem with ourselves, or even more, with human beings in general. We, as humans, are hard-wired to procrastinate and act lazy and do only the tasks that offer immediate benefits. Working hard hours months in a row to achieve something ( even though something grand ) is always moved down on our priority list in favour to those tasks that offer immediate and observable benefits.
You can notice this behaviour on any animal. For example. If, let's say, an ape spots a huge bunch of bananas at the top of a very high tree when he goes on to climb up there and fails several times he usually gives up when something more 'distracting' comes along, like spotting some seeds on the ground. This behaviour helped us survive since the ape might have lost too much energy trying to get up to the bananas, thus ending up dead ( since some seeds here and there might be enough for its survival ). Efficiency at its best.
Now, in a modern society, when tasks are on a larger scale, within a team and long-termed, this behaviour that helped us until now, is causing problems in our day-to-day lives.
What methods are there for suppressing this natural hedonistic instinct that favours short-term tasks over long-term ones, substantially higher in reward?
Can't wait to hear your response.