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Why can't we stick to our goals? Blame the sloppy engineering of evolution. ... We're the only species smart enough to plan systematically for the future -- yet we remain dumb enough to ditch even our most carefully made plans in favor of short-term gratification. ... Trying to remember what to do next can be a little like trying to remember what you had for breakfast yesterday: There are too many breakfasts and too many...

2008-05-04

 planning goals future memory evolution short-term long-term brain psychology