You can’t just “try harder”.
Its also misrepresented in popular culture.
You have a limited amount of willpower in a given day.
Tasks that are difficult will reduce your willpower afterwards.
This has been demonstrated scientifically many times.
A 1996 study found that “people who forced themselves to eat radishes instead of tempting chocolates subsequently quit faster on unsolvable puzzles than people who had not had to exert self-control over eating.” This shows that people who use willpower earlier in the day, on average have lower willpower later in the day. (https://faculty.washington.edu/…/Baumeister%20et%20al.%20(1…)
If you spend time during your day deciding what to do next, worrying about things you have no control over, deciding if you have time to go to the gym, deciding what and when to eat, juggling more tasks than you could complete in the day or other similar mind occupying tasks, you will not have enough willpower left over to complete your important work.
So, how do you overcome this?
1. Reduce the amount of willpower required to do the things you need to do.
2. Increase your reserve of willpower.
More on how to do that later.
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