Our perception of time causes us stress. Why do some projects feel easy to complete and others get pushed off and off? There are many strategies and books to help ourselves and trick our minds into approaching a job with ease and less stress.
A recent study conducted at the University of Chicago Business School found that better productivity comes from relating to the goals in the present. Participants were given a deadline to complete a 4 hour project in 5 days. The group that was told on April 25th that they had until April 30th to complete the task started the task sooner than a second group told on April 29th that they must complete the task by May 5th. Researchers believe that the change in month for the due date created a barrier in the participant’s mind that allowed them to delay starting the task.