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318/365 Programmed to prefer immediate rewards

The problem is that future rewards seem less attractive to us than immediately available ones. I guess this should not surprise us too much. From an evolutionary perspective, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Our brains seem programmed to prefer immediate rewards. This stone-age brain[…]

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317/365 When you start to act on your intention

The problem is pretty obvious, as is the solution: Let go of the misconception that our motivational state must match the task at hand. In fact, social psychologists have demonstrated that attitudes follow behaviors more than (or at least as much as) behaviors follow attitudes. When you start to act[…]

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315/365 To perceive, understand, and regulate our emotions

Emotional intelligence is the ability to effectively identify and utilize emotions to guide behavior. Recent research has shown that lower emotional intelligence is related to more procrastination, but the good news is that we can increase our emotional intelligence. We can learn to more effectively perceive, understand, and regulate our[…]

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314/365 Choosing the emotions

What we really need to do is to come to terms with our negative feelings about a task. We need to find a way to cope with these negative feelings so that we can continue to pursue our intended goal. […] Essentially, it comes down to choosing the emotions on[…]

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312/365 The focused life

… I have a plan for living the rest of my life,” Gallagher concludes in her book. “I’ll choose my targets with care … then give them my rapt attention. In short, I’ll live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is.” From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused[…]

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311/365 Focus intensely

To learn hard things quickly, you must focus intensely without distraction. To learn, in other words, is an act of deep work. From “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World” by Cal Newport

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297/365 And it’s free

We typically pursue happiness by trying to rearrange the world around us, trying to get currency to go from someone else’s possession to our own, trying to get someone else’s impression of us to go from unfavorable to favorable, and trying to get our bodies to beaches and parties. There’s[…]

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296/365 Intrinsic motivation

From the psychological point of view, motivation can either come from within the person (intrinsic motivation), or be driven by external factors (extrinsic motivation). Extrinsic motivation can work quite well, but its appeal usually wears off after some time, or when you run out of rewards to collect. Intrinsic motivation[…]

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