over and over again life shows that there is only so much that can be done in a given amount of time. the difference lies in how effective that time is used.
here’s some things to consider when deciding what to do in the limited time you have:
- delayed gratification
- immediate gratification
- immediate discomfort
- delayed discomfort
delayed gratification – making a certain decision now leads to particular benefits or rewards in the long run
- what will i gain from this in the end?
- can i work through this now, so i can be better off later?
- how much do i want what’s waiting for me at the end of this?
- what will i lose if i don’t wait for the end of this?
immediate gratification – making a certain decision now leads to immediate rewards
- what will i lose if i don’t make this decision now?
- what will i gain from this now?
immediate discomfort – making a certain decision now leads to immediate pain
- what will the pain be now from taking this decision?
- what can i do to avoid the immediate pain?
- is the immediate pain necessary for a much larger reward later?
delayed discomfort – making a certain decision now leads to certain pain in the long run
- how will i be hurt from making this decision in the end?
- is the discomfort in the long run necessary?
- what decision can i make immediately to avoid the pain in the long run?