Love Your Work And You Won’t Be Tired - Deepstash

Love Your Work And You Won’t Be Tired

  • 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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MORE IDEAS FROM Why your desk job is so damn exhausting

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.

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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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Ego Depletion

Ego depletion happens when people use up their available willpower on one task.

We all have natural urges, desires, and tendencies that demand attention. When we curb those urges, it requires willpower. Even small decisions to delay gratification require huge mental, emotional, and cognitive effort. As willpower is a limited resource, when it is used up, we experience mental exhaustion and fatigue.

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Productivity guilt

Productivity guilt happens when you feel overwhelmed by not attending to all the things you know you "should" be doing and having a nagging feeling that you're wasting time.

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Sticking to a healthy lifestyle

Staying in shape is mostly about program compliance.

It’s not about having the best fitness program, but about having one that’s good enough, eating less junk food and making sure you actually stick to it. 

And most people have trouble doing that.

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