How To Quickly And Easily Make Any Task Seem Easier


Lean back instead of leaning forward.

Via Harvard Business Review:

People who leaned back so that their eyes were an average of 38.8 inches from a computer screen found the task of pronouncing meaningless strings of letters easier than people who leaned forward to 12.5 inches, say Manoj Thomas of Cornell and Claire I. Tsai of the University of Toronto. That’s because increasing the physical distance from a complex task also increases the psychological distance, which mitigates the sense of the task’s difficulty. The mind infers that a task seen from a greater distance is easier.

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