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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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MORE IDEAS FROM 3 Straightforward Ways to Increase Your Willpower Right Now

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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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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Master Self-Discipline
  • Know your weaknesses. You can’t overcome them until you know them.
  • Remove temptations. “Out of sight, out of mind.”
  • Set clear goals and have an execution plan.
  • Build your self-discipline. We aren’t born with self-discipline -- it’s a learned behavior.
  • Create new habits by keeping it simple. Break your goal into small, doable steps.
  • Eat often and healthy. Low blood sugar often weakens a person’s resolve, making you grumpy and pessimistic.
  • Give yourself a backup plan. Give yourself a plan to deal with a potentially difficult situation you know you will likely face.
  • Reward yourself when you accomplish your goals.
  • Forgive yourself when you fall short and keep moving forward.

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

Eat meals at regular intervals. The meals should contain healthy proteins, vegetables and complex carbohydrates, to avoid the glucose rush.

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Sleep deprivation makes you weak and tired. It has a direct impact on your focus and decision-making, whilst slowly exhausting your source of energy.

Sleep between 7.5 and 8.5 hours a night. A good rest makes it much easier to deal with daily activities and challenges.

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