Wharton professor Katy Milkman advices that we get around procrastination by “temptation bundling,” IE mixing together things that are instantly gratifying and things that are productive in the long term. Milkman provides an example of watching a favorite TV show while working out, and then not watching it outside the gym. This associates the two together, and helps calm Maine the short-term reward of the show with the long-term reward of better physical health in order to get you in the gym door.
- Many times we procrastinate from doing things that are good for us and settle for something more instantly gratifying.
- Katy Milkman of the Wharton School of Business has used a recent study to help people who have to deal with procrastination.
- By “temptation bundling,” one can both indulge oneself like listen to a podcast and do something beneficial like workout at the gym at the same time.
“Thus, the best way to stop procrastinating doing a mundane task is to do it while doing something else that is pleasurable.”