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- Chapter 5 - Preventing procrastination
- Willpower, unlike procrastination, is hard to come by. The last thing we want
- is to waste a lot of neural resources in tackling procrastination.
- Imagine how your calf muscles would scream in agony if you prepared for the big race by
- waiting till the night before your first marathon, to do your first
- practice run. In the same sense you can't compete in math and science if you
- just cram at the last minute!
- Learning math and science depends on two things:
- 1. The study sessions where the neural bricks are laid.
- 2. The time in between in which the mental mortar can dry.
- We procrastinate about things that makes us feel uncomfortable. Science has
- shown that it was the anticipation of the event that made us feel
- uncomfortable, not the task itself. When these mathphobes actually did the
- math the pain and anxiety quickly disappeared.
- Procrastination is an extremely important keystone habit to break.
- Procrastination is a habit that influences many (not just school related)
- parts of your life.
- Another important fact is the better you get at something, the more you'll
- find yourself to enjoy it.
- Procrastination is addiction. It offers temporary excitement and relief from
- an otherwise boring reality.
- Summing it up:
- We procrastinate about things that make us feel uncomfortable. But what makes
- us feel good temporarily isn't necessarily good for us in the long run.
- Procrastination can be like taking tiny amounts of poison. It may not seem
- harmful in the short run but the long-term effects can be very damaging.
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