Learn time management to make those New Year’s resolutions stick – National Post

Learn time management to make those New Year’s resolutions stick – National Post


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Author: Brad Aeon, Assistant Professor, Time Management Researcher, Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQAM)

Does this sound familiar? You make a New Year’s resolution, like learning a new language, reading more books or playing an instrument. You’re really excited at the beginning. You even go out and buy books or sign up for lessons. But then life happens.

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You get busy at work, you have to take care of your kids or elderly parents, and before you know it, the month is over and you’ve barely made a dent.

Worse, you feel more and more like your resolution conflicts with your daily life. Every day you try to fit in time for it feels like an extra burden, which increases your sense of time pressure. This is one of the most experienced — but rarely talked about — aspects of New Year’s resolutions: they squeeze your time.

Because this keeps happening year after year, it might be helpful to understand why.

How we think about time

It’s no secret that people don’t think about time very rationally — we often fall prey to cognitive biases that distort our perception of time. And two such biases play a big role in our unsuccessful New Year’s resolutions.

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First, there’s the fresh start effect. This psychological phenomenon makes people see the beginning of a new year (or a new semester, month or even week) as an opportunity to distance themselves from their past failures.

It does this by resetting people’s mental accounting of time, making them believe that they can start anew and do better this time around (“new year, new me”). As a result, people become a lot more motivated and confident, which makes them want to take on more challenges and become their best selves — perhaps to a fault.

Then there’s the dreadful “yes … damn!” effect, a bias that makes people wrongly believe they will have more time in the future than right now. This …….

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