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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