How perfect would it have been if I had managed to make this the first post with this tag.
There are a lot of studies that have concluded that willpower is a finite resource.
I won’t link to them here, but I do believe it is true.
It makes sense. Everything else is finite. Why wouldn’t willpower be too?
I do, however, also think that willpower is like stamina. If you use it enough, if you work it enough, you’ll have more of it. Similarly, if you use it for running mostly, your stamina goes longer if used for running.
That is, you can also use efficiency more efficiently.
For instance, once you get used to writing every day, it’s easier to write every day. You need less willpower to write every day, so you can have more willpower left over to do other stuff.
Efficiency can also be achieved in another: setting attainable (but not too attainable) goals that are well-defined, i.e. not nebulous.
You don’t want to waste willpower fiddling over how you are going to achieve your goal.
If you say you want to write x amount of words a day, that’s easy. BICHOK.
If you say you want to read more craft books, make that…I don’t know, one every month. I think one every two weeks would be pushing it, but what do I know? I read economics blogs for fun.
This year, there are two things I would like to add to my daily life. 1-2-3 is one of them, and the other is stitching pretty much every single day.
Primarily, the reason is that I need to relax more. I just don’t like waking up about a quarter of the way to a panic attack. Or sitting in a lecture and trying to Zen my heartbeat into a more normal rate.
Now combine the two, and exchange lecture for exam? That’s called a catastrophe waiting to happen.
So new and better habits.
So I can be a better, improved version of me.