Later is more than a word – it is an idea whose judicious use can change our life.

When it comes to working on the most important priorities, we don’t ever want to use it. The more we use it, the more we procrastinate.

But, when dealing with behavior that does no good in the long term, it can be a very powerful word indeed. Willpower researchers have found that substituting “no” with “later” when dealing with temptations can successfully resolve the tension in our head.

Therein lies the power of later. Our minds mark the action we’re dealing with as resolved and ease the tension. There are times when easing the tension is useful and there are times when it is counter productive. “Later” can thus be the difference between delaying gratification and succumbing to temptations.

Use it wisely, we must.

10 thoughts on “Later”

  1. Thanks Rohan! Yeah when someone gifts me a dessert, I put it on the top shelf telling myself I’ll eat it “later”. Often I wait too long and have to throw it away. Not too bad an outcome.

  2. Great post! This is why I love apps like Pocket (for saving online articles you want to read) – I can assure myself that I can easily read it “later,” and for now, avoid the temptation to procrastinate.

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