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3 Straightforward Ways to Increase Your Willpower Right Now

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3 Straightforward Ways to Increase Your Willpower Right Now
Okay, the jig is up. We are all (myself included) guilty of drafting up awesome, detailed plans for how to become more productive or self-disciplined-and then finding that sticking to them day-to-day is harder than we thought.

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Eliminate as Many Choices as Possible

The more decisions you make (small or big) the less mental energy you have. Eventually, you'll lose your focus and you'll end up susceptible to bad habits.

If you limit the amount of decisions you need to make throughout the day, you can save some of that energy to make smarter choices.

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Do the Hardest Thing First

For most of us, our mental energy is at its highest in the morning.

As the day goes on, you'll feel more fatigued and so you are more likely to make bad decisions. Do the hardest thing on your list in the morning, and you will be less likely to crack under pressure later on.

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Refuel Frequently

Having regular healthy nutritional meals and snacks gives your brain little boosts of energy it needs to power forward. 

Without the proper fuel, your brain is more likely to focus on immediate indulgences and forget about those long-term goals.

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Simplify decision-making

Making repeated choices depletes our mental energy, even if these choices are mundane and pleasant.

If you want to maintain long term discipline, aim for fewer decisions during the day: identify the aspects of your life that you consider mundane and then ‘routinize’ those aspects as much as possible.

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Protein rich meals

The brain is a decision making muscle and needs to be sufficiently fed to provide the necessary willpower.

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Slow and steady

Willpower can be increased, but it is a slow and gradual process (just like increasing muscle mass).

Real change requires one small start at a time.

Dark chocolate

Sometimes we are in a position where we need to make a quick decision, and it feels tough.

Take a bite of dark chocolate to help boost your willpower.