Book highlights: Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney

This book about Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney is worth reading it to prepare the next term, especially when the to-do list is long and the leisure temptations are formidable.

In a super concise nutshell, and never replacing its reading, the points I highlight for those Information Security experts following this blog already for years are the following:

– A monthly plan is much more effective than a daily plan. Days go differently as planned but months give you the time you need to achieve your goals.
– Short-term targets need to be anchored to long-term targets, otherwise they are very dangerous.
– Our will power requires energy. More specifically, it requires glucose in our brain.
– Decision taking also requires energy. If you have no energy, do not take decisions that time.
– We can train our will power. Start with baby steps, right as I recommend in my IT Security Management book.
– Being part of a community with goals similar to ours always help to grow will power. The opposite is unfortunately also true.
– When you prepare your to-do lists, fine grain your complex goals into manageable activities.
– Proposal: Work with bi-weekly or monthly plans and revise them.
– For parents: Make your children participate in the creation of the family’s plans and their plans (and even yours).
– If you are tired, do not decide or get exposed to tempting situations. Maybe the most important learning point of this book.

Happy will power!

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