It’s a limited resource that runs out quickly as you “spend” it during your day.
A little imagination exercise for you.
Imagine you get 100 Willpower dollars ($WP) to spend each day. You need to use those dollars wisely, in order to have any left come night time. All of the little daily decisions and stresses “cost” you a couple of will power $ ($WP) each time.
- Deciding what to eat for breakfast (instead of having it pre-planned) = $2WP
- Arguing with the kids = $5WP
- Having a bikkie at the office, then beating yourself up for it = $3WP
- A complicated task at work = $7WP
- and so on and so on
** This is also known as “Decision Fatigue”
Here are 7 Tips to stretch your Will Power dollars further
- Less decisions, more routine / auto-pilot
- Get enough good quality sleep
- Make your important decisions early in the day or better still, the night before
- Stop worrying what others think of you
- Learn to say NO more often in order to look after yourself
- Don’t attempt too many big changes all at once
- Don’t sweat the small stuff
9 Easy tips to increase your Will Power dollars
- Move your body in a way that you enjoy
- Spend time in nature
- Do things that you love and / or relax you
- Get good quality sleep and / or take a power nap
- Practice gratitude
- Laugh / smile (even if you have to fake it at first)
- Help someone else
- Even a moment of silence and a few full deep breaths can help
OK, I do realise that there are 9 tips there, not 7 as stated. I came up with 2 more after this initial blog post was written.
Consider the last 2 bonuses. 🙂 .