Building and strengthening your willpower

I hope you’re having a great summer.

My challenge, as I’m sure it is for many of you, is staying focused on my work.

Everyone is on vacation, or planning to go on holidays. The kids are out of school. The daily routine has been thrown into chaos. The beach beckons and the sun is tyrannical, especially for those of us who live in grey areas. You never know when it will shine again.

To help me concentrate and stay focused, I read Willpower by John Tierney and Roy Baumeister. Some might say reading the book was a distraction but I did pick up some useful tips.

Take your greatest challenges one at a time

I like this one a lot. I attempt great, ambitious challenges for myself and feel disappointed when I don’t achieve the entire self-improvement task. It really takes me off the hook to just make one major change like keeping a clutter-free desk.

In the short term, the amount of willpower you have is fixed, and overloading yourself with a dozen new tasks may diminish your ability to accomplish any goal.

Monitor, monitor, monitor

And make your progress public.

Those two elements will guarantee you stay on task and not be distracted. So if you’re writing that script, announce your word count on Facebook.

This is where my clients really see results. By committing to certain tasks with me as their coach or listening partner, they’re much more likely to quickly move forward.

Find time to replenish

In the short term, you only have so much willpower and, once it’s depleted, your ability to exercise self-control or make sound decisions diminishes dramatically.

For instance, you make better decisions in the morning when your body is fresh than you do in the afternoon.

Sometimes, it feels like you don’t have time to take a break – especially during production. But skipping or working through lunch may actually negatively impact both your ability to make decisions and your ability to work productively in the afternoon.

Do you need additional willpower?

As we know, the entertainment industry offers many distractions. If you need additional willpower muscle, I can coach you to achieve the results you want. For an introductory session, get in touch at mickey@mrogersmedia.com or call +44 (0)777-529-7586.

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