AKRASIA EFFECT – LACK OF SELF CONTROL
By- sushmita mukherjee
Akrasia, if that sounds like Greek to you, well, that’s because it is. Why don’t we follow through on what we set to do about it? Akrasia is when you do one thing, even though you know you should do something else. It is what prevents you from following through on what you set. For example, a student has to complete and submit his assignment in a week, but apart from doing the assignment, he prefers doing other things this is Akrasia Effect. It is the state of mind where we have all the details and information to make a proper decision, yet decide not to do. Akrasia is procrastination combined with a lack of self-control.
Let’s take an example, In the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo, an author ,was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months ago, Hugo had promised his publisher a new book, but instead of writing, he spent the year pursuing other project entertaining guests and delaying his work. Hugo came out of a strange plan to beat his procrastination (काम टालना ). He collected all his clothes and asked the assistant to lock his clothes and he was left with nothing to wear except shawl. Lacking clothes to go outdoors, he remained in the study room and wrote a book before the deadline.
Why not write a book and then put it off for over a year? Why do we make plans, set deadlines, and commit to goals, but then cannot follow through on them? When the time comes to decide, however, you are no longer choosing your future self.
Mainly there are two types of Akrasia effects, the first is active procrastination, i.e. making use of the procrastination to work or create a pressure to complete a task and the second one is passive procrastination, i.e. not able to work under the pressure of procrastination. Though most of us are passive procrastinators, we yet choose to delay our work.
So, here is a list of techniques through which we can fight Akrasia or procrastination :-
. Make a list
. Set deadlines
. Give yourself small rewards
. Schedule your working times
. Create an environment of working
. Set your goals and focus
Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries, even prolific artists have distractions of daily life. This is one reason why the ability to delay things is such a great predictor of success in life. Even though it seems like your brain is working against you, there is a way to train yourself to be patient and disciplined. Well, because starting is hard to remind yourself to reach the end goal, remember, you really need to prepare and plan before you set a goal and be honest about what you really want. There are hundreds of successful studies that show how implementation makes a positive impact on your attitude. The way you apply implementation increases your likelihood to perform a task by 2 times to 3 times. It’s easier to live our life with Enkratiea rather than Akrasia.