Some fascinating research:
Procrastinating temptation apparently works well at reducing how much junk food people eat. Better than efforts at abstinence.
Most likely, postponing a treat until an unspecified later time helps get people over the hump of strong temptation, said Florida State University psychologist Roy Baumeister, who studies willpower but was not involved in Mead’s research.
I am wondering , in terms of tackling tasks or projects, would it help to procrastinate with what we are desiring to do instead ( ie watch tv ) . In other words, switch from procrastinating on things you don’t want to do to procrastinating things you do want to do. It is a bit of a judo trick to play on your mind – rolling with the habit produced momentum of procrastination, but redirecting that force.
“You need the resistance at the moment of peak desire, then the peak desire moment passes,” Baumeister said.