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?
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