a suggestion: If you consider the salience of completion more strongly, you might be able to motivate yourself to complete a half-done project sooner than a zero-done project.

Obviously the draw of the new-shiny project is significant and likely to be more interesting because it is novel. The finishing reward is further away though.

Consider: Making a list of what is left to do on this existing project. You might be suffering from a difficulty in knowing what to do next (which masks itself in akrasia and new shiny project feelings). At some point after doing all the obviously easy parts to the project we are left with the not-obviously easy parts (if all the parts were obvious and easy we would be done with the task).

Open thread, Nov. 23 - Nov. 29, 2015

by MrMind 1 min read23rd Nov 2015258 comments


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