One of the things that Dan Ariely’s work focuses on is how people are predictably irrational. We undervalue things that are important for us in the long term and overvalue things that give us pleasure in the short term. This is why people get fat, don’t exercise, don’t balance their budgets, etc.
One of my pet issues has to do with when I preach. I work on my sermon half speed until about two days before I’m supposed to speak. I then go gangbusters on the sermon until it’s done, often staying up half the night before my sermon is to be preached. I used to be really bad at this. I’ve gotten better but I want to make way more progress.
So in the spirit of Dan Ariely, I’m going to offer up something that’s dear to me in an online contract.
Here’s the deal.
I have until Sunday night at 10pm to finish my sermon (I preach on Wednesday). If I don’t get it done on time, I’m going to give away five books that are very precious to me to the first person who comments below. Priority will be given to those of you in and around Toronto as we can meet somewhere and I can just give them to you. If no one from Toronto puts up a comment, I’ll mail these five books at my own expense to the first person who comments. But, if I get it done by 10pm on Sunday night, I get to keep the books.
The criteria is I have to email a nine paged double spaced manuscript to the first commenter (and a referee – Andrew and/or Dan) by Sunday at 10. So get commenting!
Here are the books: