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Typ­i­cally, know­ing the up­side of

com­plet­ing a task isn’t enough to make us put in the ef­fort to ac­tu­ally do it. That’s be­cause the present is con­crete and the fu­ture is ab­stract. But you can short-cir­cuit your pro­cras­ti­na­tion ten­den­cies by mak­ing the fu­ture feel more real. Here’s how:

Vi­su­alise. Take a mo­ment to paint a

vivid men­tal pic­ture of the ben­e­fits of com­plet­ing the task. If there’s a phone call you’re avoid­ing or an email you’re putting off, imag­ine the sense of sat­is­fac­tion you’ll feel when it’s over. Pre-com­mit, pub­licly. Most of us don’t want to look fool­ish or lazy to other peo­ple. So dare to say, “I’ll send you the re­port by the end of the day” — it can be just enough to make tak­ing ac­tion more ap­peal­ing.

Con­front the down­side of in­ac­tion.

In­stead of telling your­self you can do the task to­mor­row (or the day af­ter), force your­self to think about the down­side of putting it off.

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