Whether you’re trying to reach an important goal at work or stick to a new fitness regime – willpower is a must. While this is all well and good in theory, very few people find that willpower alone is enough to get them through to the end. Maybe you’ll get more work done initially, or stick to your fitness schedule for a few days – but then your willpower wains and you fall back into old habits. But worry not, it turns out there’s more to willpower than first thought. Numerous studies have found that willpower is something we can exhaust, but also something we can strengthen. Forcing yourself to focus on a task which is particularly hard or boring will send you into willpower depletion.
Getting willpower-savvy will enable you to strengthen your restraint, allowing you to get more done without running out of juice. So, if you’ve ever beat yourself up for falling off the wagon, you’ll be relieved to hear that there are multiple ways you can buckle your seatbelt and stay on board for the foreseeable future.
You wouldn’t try to single-handedly tackle a team project, so why would you approach task management alone? Planning your work without any helpful tools is time-consuming and difficult to do consistently. Organization is key to boosting your motivation – did you know that decision making burns up large amounts of willpower fuel? Don’t burden yourself with the task of deciding which jobs to start and when. DropTask offers you peace of mind and alleviates you of your decision-making duty. By giving all your projects and tasks a home, you can rid yourself of that “am I forgetting something?” feeling. Canvas View offers a bird’s eye view of your workload – while progress bars offer instant visual confirmation of your work status. So, you can get your most challenging tasks done and dusted without lessening your willpower.
Balance your day
Every job will require you to work on tasks which are difficult or mundane now and then. It’s how you handle these tasks which is key to boosting (or deflating) your willpower. Trying to push through even when you’re mentally exhausted – or – putting off the task altogether, are both common pitfalls in the workplace. Remember to think of your willpower as a muscle; regular exercise can strengthen it but overworking will lead to exhaustion. You can balance your day by completing your most challenging tasks in the morning when you’re at your most alert, leaving the more mechanical work for the sleepier afternoons. To create this order, you need to give structure to your priorities. DropTask’s Planner makes laying out your day simple with Now, Next and Soon boards. Simply filter the most pressing or challenging tasks onto the board and easily move tasks as you get through your workload – giving you the zen you need to keep up your willpower throughout the working day.
Set realistic goals
Willpower is directly related to your motivation and outlook – when you feel positive and motivated your willpower is stronger. Everyone enjoys reaching their goals. When you complete a task in the correct timeframe you are left with a feeling of accomplishment. However, when you fail to make a deadline you’ll likely feel defeated. These outcomes can set the tone for future work, which is why it’s so important to stay optimistic in your approach to new tasks. The best way to achieve this is to set realistic goals and create a manageable stream of work. Avoid the temptation to overestimate how much you can get done in a day – and don’t forget that regular breaks are key to recharging your willpower. Use Due Dates in DropTask to set deadlines for each task, and collaborate with your team to make sure workload is shared equally for team projects. Discussions also allow you to talk about tasks in context, meaning less time is wasted drowning in your inbox. With less time spent planning, faffing and procrastinating you’re sure to give your willpower a reboot.
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