Willpower is not something you either have or you don’t.
Sure, some people may have more self-discipline than you. Some people may be better at resisting temptation than you. But that’s probably not because they were born with some certain special something inside them — instead, they’ve found ways to store up their willpower and use it when it really matters.
Here’s how you can, too:
1. Eliminate as many choices as possible. We all have a finite store or mental energy for exercising self-control.
Choices are the enemy of willpower. So are ease and convenience. Think of decisions that require willpower, and ten take willpower totally out of the equation.
2. Make choices tonight that set up tomorrow. It’s also easier to make smart choices when a decision isn’t right in front of you. So pick easy decisions that will drain your store of willpower tomorrow, and make them tonight. Choose what you’ll wear. Decide what you’ll have for breakfast, ect.
Take as many decisions off the board tonight as you can; that will allow you to conserve your mental energy for the decisions that really matter tomorrow. And while you’re at it; decide what you will do first when you get to work. Then commit to…
3. Do the hardest thing you need to do first. You have the greatest amount of mental energy early in the morning. Science says so!
4. Refuel frequently. Eat healthful meals. East healthful snacks. Not only will you feel better, you’ll make better decisions — and will be able to exercise more willpower in making those decisions.
5. Create reminders of long-term goals. You want to build a bigger company, but when you’re mentally tired, it’s easy to rationalize doing less than your best. You want to lose weight, but when you’re mentally tired, it’s easy to rationalize that you’ll start tomorrow.
Mental fatigue makes you take the easy way out — even though the easy way takes you the wrong way.
Think of moments when you are most likely to give in to impulses that take you farther away from your long-term goals. Then use tangible reminders of those long-term goals to interrupt the impulses and keep you on track.
Hope this helps oh and if you can’t say no to checking your social-media accounts every few minutes, turn them off and put them away for a couple of hours at a time so you don’t have to say no.