Delayed Gratification

Delayed Gratification


I recently started several projects of my own. A few websites and some carpentry work. Most of the time I do things and I think, “what can I get out of this in the short term?” I don’t really think about the long term. A month or a year down the road. Or even longer. This got me thinking about delayed gratification.

Delayed gratification “is the resistance to the temptation of an immediate pleasure in the hope of obtaining a valuable and long-lasting reward in the long-term. In other words, delayed gratification describes the process that the subject undergoes when the subject resists the temptation of an immediate reward in preference for a later reward”(Wikipedia). It’s writing instead of watching television, in hopes that it will eventually pay off. Or working on cabinets instead of playing video games. That way I can pay off my debt.

Doing things that include delayed gratification are not boring. It just takes some self-control to not do the thing that gives you pleasure right away for the thing that is going to give you a great deal of satisfaction down the road. So, before you pick up the controller to play that video game, put in some time doing something that will give you delayed gratification. When you are done putting time in doing the things that will bring delayed gratification, then pick up the controller, or whatever else gives you immediate pleasure.

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