who doesn't need more willpower? but did you know that your willpower is strengthened with glucose? no glucose, no willpower. (p.49) here's another good quote: when you're sick, save your glucose for your immune system. in short, stay home and rest. the immune system needs lots of glucose to fight the infection, so your brain doesn't get as much. this is why: driving a car when you have a bad cold has been found to be even more dangerous than driving when mildly intoxicated. (p.59)
this book is compelling! the section about decision fatigue and how parole judges are more lenient earlier in the day and just after lunch is fascinating. they get tired of thinking and making decisions, and become more cautious. (perhaps their glucose is also running low by late morning?)
one thing that helps willpower is precommitment. that is, decide before hand what will happen and what you will do. the authors give a really great example with henry morton stanley, who explored africa in the 1800s. despite hardships such as not enough food and major sicknesses, stanley reminds himself that he has taken an oath to complete his explorations.
lately my willpower has not gotten me out of bed before school to exercise. since the half marathon, my momentum has lagged. at the same time, teachers need lots of sleep to stay healthy. i'm always working the balance of priorities.
how's your willpower doing?