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Conscientiousness

“The cautious seldom err.”Confucius

“What’s the worst that could happen?”Advertising slogan for Dr Pepper

Time to use your mind’s eye. I want you to think about your favourite snack. What do you like to treat yourself with? Perhaps it’s a bar of chocolate, a bacon sandwich, a tub of ice cream. A slab of cake, a portion of fish and chips, a bag of popcorn. Mmm … Whatever it is, I want you to imagine that you have it in front of you right now.

OK, now imagine that you have a short piece of work to do – it’ll take you about 20 minutes to complete. You now have two choices. You can either enjoy your snack now and then start the work. Or finish the work first and reward yourself with the snack afterwards. Which would you ...

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