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The forced days at home have disrupted sleep and increased procrastination for many, making the ordinary workday a huge challenge.
Less commute has freed up time which now goes staring at the many screens we have, which also makes us sleepless at night. Work input has decreased, and that is leading to a feeling of guilt and unexplained unhappiness.
The traditional approach to goal accomplishment revolves around the idea of winning most of our inner conflicts. Grit and determination are emphasized as the keys to victory and the positive side should always win.
This approach assumes that there is within us a stockpile of willpower that gives us the power we need to act constantly toward our long-term interests; if we can’t seem to do that, the failing is as much a moral one as a practical one.
We assume that the amount of productive output we create is directly proportional to the number of hours we input. But the truth is that most thoughtful, brain-intensive work does not unfold like this. The only work that is linear is really basic, repetitive stuff.