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Do the Hard Things First



  • Author: [[Scott Allan]]
  • Full Title: Do the Hard Things First
  • Category: #books


The primary driving force behind procrastination is the prioritization of short-term mood repair and emotion regulation over long-term achievement and wellbeing. (Location 170)

When goals lack urgency, it opens the door for procrastinating indefinitely. (Location 191)

The comfort zone is a place for old behaviors and a shipyard of bad habits that constantly fail us. (Location 214)

When you become prone to taking the easy path, you create the habit of preferring instant gratification rather than looking for long-term success. When you pay for things out of the necessity to avoid doing the hard things you don’t like, I call this extreme procrastination. (Location 520)

five practices for leaning into your discomfort. Make them a part of your routine. Break the resistance that stands between your mind and doing what needs to be done. (Location 823)

Not making a decision is the same as deciding to do something and failing at it. (Location 932)

The fear of feedback—even if it is constructive—can lead to irrational behavior regarding procrastination. (Location 977)

“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind – jump in.” — Charles R. Swindoll (Location 1303)

The biggest obstacle to not starting the project is actually starting the project. (Location 1532)

A decision triggers momentum. It is your first step towards change. (Location 1537)

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