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Let’s say you’ve been feeling unproductive for a while. You’re frustrated that your tasks are piling up, bills are left unpaid, and you’re feeling tired all the time.
When this happens, people keep doing the same things hoping for a different outcome. They think “it’s just temporary” and that “things will get better soon.”
But when they keep procrastinating and don’t find a way to be productive again, they all of a sudden find themselves out of shape, feeling down, and stuck at their careers.
In behavioral research, there’s a concept called “Optimism Bias” that explains why we keep doing the same things. It’s the false belief that negative outcomes will probably not happen to us. We assume being unproductive has no negative consequences.
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