Mental Fatigue: The Depleting Desk Work

Many people wonder how a desk job can be so mentally tiring. The ego-depletion theory states that there is a limited amount of mental energy which we consume while sitting and working, just like a gas tank guzzles up all the gas till it’s empty.

This theory is being challenged, as we may be wrong on how our brains and bodies consume energy.

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It turns out that the things that we aren’t motivated to do, and yet have to do (like going on a sales call, or making a report) will tire us out quickly, but the things that we love to do, or are doing on our own accord (like scrolling through Instagram) do not cause any psychological fatigue.

  • The stressful work, stuff that we don’t want to do, or are not in control of, will feel depleting as there is no motivation to do so.
  • If we are motivated to do something, and it is rewarding for us in any way, we can be pushed towards doing it beyond our physical capability and yet not exhaust ourselves.

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