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Instant Gratification vs. Delayed Gratification

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Issue #2: Instant Gratification Vs. Delayed Gratification

“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.”

Hey there friend,

We all procrastinate from time to time, don’t we?

But have you ever wondered why some people seem to struggle with it more than others? Let me introduce you to our little friend, Instant Gratification.

Instant gratification is that powerful want to do something that pays off now. It doesn’t care about your deadlines, tasks, obligations, or work responsibilities. It just wants the immediate payoff.

We can often give in to this need for instant gratification. Think about it, how often do you choose to watch TV instead of doing the dishes? In those moments, fun (self-gratification) takes precedence over responsibility (meeting deadlines).


(Click here to see some fun tools to help you stop procrastinating)


But there’s a bigger picture here: Instant Gratification vs. Delayed Gratification.

This is a fundamental aspect of our behaviour.

While instant gratification is all about seeking immediate fun, delayed gratification is about resisting that temptation in favour of a later, often greater, reward. Those who master delayed gratification tend to achieve their long-term goals more successfully because they prioritize future benefits over short-term fun.

So, how do you stop procrastinating and start getting things done? Here are some tips that have worked for me:

Ask for External Support

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or colleague, having someone to hold you accountable can make a big difference.

Use Reminders and Other Tools

Leverage technology and set reminders on your phone or computer to keep you on track. Tools like calendars, to-do lists, and productivity apps are lifesavers when it comes to managing tasks and deadlines. I live by my digital calendar.

Minimize Distractions

Identify what usually distracts you and try to eliminate or reduce these interruptions. This might mean turning off notifications, setting specific work hours or creating a designated workspace.

Set Up Routines

Establish routines that promote better productivity habits.

Consistency is key.

By setting up daily routines, you train your mind to prioritize responsibilities over instant gratification.

Remember, it’s all about finding what works best for you and making small, consistent changes.

Sending you warm thoughts for a productive week,

Vera JM Friesen

P.S. Thank you for joining me on this journey from procrastinating to finally being productive. You will receive an email from me every Monday that you can read inside your inbox or here on the blog.


(Click here to see some fun tools to help you stop procrastinating)


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Vera JM Friesen

I'm obsessed with personal growth and overcoming anything that stands in my way. I hope to help many people by sharing insights and tools to overcome procrastination.

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