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Delaying gratification by M.Scott Peck

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On any given day she would devote the first hour to the more gratifying half of her work and the remaining six hours getting around to the objectionable remainder. I suggested that if she were to force herself to accomplish the unpleasant part of her job during the first hour, she would then be free to enjoy the other six. It seemed to me, that one hour of pain followed by six of pleasure was preferable to one hour of pleasure followed by six of pain. She agreed and being basically a person of strong will, she no longer procrastinates.

Delaying gratification is a process of scheduling the pain and pleasure of life in such a way as to enhance the pleasure by meeting and experiencing the pain first and getting it over with. It is the only decent way to live.

This tool of scheduling is learned by most children quite early in life. But while many have a well-developed capacity to delay gratification, some seem to have hardly developed this  capacity at all. They are impulsive.

From- The Road Less travelled

I can completely relate to above description as I do this a lot, i mean procrastination. And exactly for the avoidance and escapist reasons. After reading this para today, I even tried to delay gratification at work, but old habits die hard. Will try again and share any improvements here some other day.

What about you.