Certainly not the same old, same old.

Oooooooh this year is already proving to be interesting. One of my fav memes is about using the 2021 free trial and wanting to cancel the subscription.

If you made any new year resolutions, it’s probably about now that it’s getting hard to stay the course. Personally, I like mini-resolutions – tiny improvements that I start weekly, but regardless of the approach, discipline can be a battle. And this year? I mean, come on. I know I’m not the only one watching crap tv, run out of the good stuff.

The below tip on willpower will mean different things to us all. If you’re struggling with reaching a goal, I hope it helps you.

Stay well, Yvonne

How to maximize willpower.

Like brainpower and resilience, willpower is also like a muscle. It refreshes itself as we rest, starts off strong in the morning, and then gets weak and fatigued later in the day. If we want to accomplish a task that takes willpower and self-discipline, like most of our personal goals require, the best time is when we first wake up, or shortly after. It will be easiest if we perform the task before the demands of the day kick in, and tire us out.

Exercise is a very common example of a willpower dependant task. So is good nutrition, meditating, and nurturing relationships – anything that doesn’t need to get done urgently, but is important to our life to be done regularly, or as a stepping stone to a greater achievement.

Caution: there’s societal pressure to get up early to accomplish these tasks. However, success comes when the body and mind are rested, by managing to get enough sleep. So, if we want to use time in the early morning, is it possible to go to bed earlier, or take naps? Naps even give us a second chance in the same day to get motivated again. If that’s not feasible, then how about pushing back the start of the workday to prioritize the time up front for taking care of personal goals?

Or, can you think of a creative way to switch your morning routine to make room for the things that require self-discipline? For example, have a sit down family breakfast instead of leaving that bonding to dinnertime. What’s in your morning routine that doesn’t take willpower and can be moved to later in the day? Such as, move your shower time to the evening so you free up some of your morning for anything that requires a fresh mind.

Take action: Decide on one thing that you’d like to accomplish, either regularly such as writing a journal, or as a stepping stone to a larger goal, such as learning a new skill. Now figure out how you can make it happen before your workday starts, in a sustainable, non-torturous way. Adjust your schedule for it, make it happen, tweak it as needed.

Inspired by Laura Vanderkam’s book, What the Most Successful People Do before Breakfast.