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Harness Your Mind's "Future Self" Bias to Make Better Decisions

Harness Your Mind's "Future Self" Bias to Make Better Decisions

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The Science of Self-Control: Can You Increase Your Willpower? Does any of this sounds familiar: You want to become an early riser, but once your alarm clock goes off, you hit the snooze button, and go back to sleep.You decide to eat healthier, but you find yourself ordering a meal at McDonald’s.You think that it would be great to hit the gym and shed those extra few pounds before the summer, but after a long way of work, you end up in a couch in front of the TV. Yes? You are not alone. Most of us say to ourselves “I wish I’d have more willpower” on a regular basis. However, is it really possible to increase our willpower, and if so, what’s the best way to go about it? The Psychology of Self-Control by Maria Popova “Everyone’s self-control is a limited resource; it’s like muscle strength: the more we use it, the less remains in the tank, until we replenish it with rest.” Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for self-help books and to-do apps and productivity tools is any indication, a great many of us still struggle with either understanding the psychology of habit and willpower or applying it to what really matters. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick (public library), psychologist Jeremy Dean illuminates an important common misconception about how willpower shapes our habits and behaviors:

Behavior Multipliers: 4 Reasonable Ways to Achieve Overnight Success Most of the time, I think our constant quest to achieve faster results is a trap. We get so obsessed on the goal that we forget that the system is what matters. We get so obsessed with the outcome that we overlook the repetitions we need to do to get there. We become so focused on the short-term results that we forget to build the long-term habits that make the real difference. However, there are a few strategies—four of them at least—that will actually accelerate the results you enjoy without ignoring the importance of building better habits. I call these strategies “Behavior Multipliers” because the multiply and enhance your ability to take the right action on a consistent basis.

What You Need to Know about Willpower: The Psychological Science of Self-Control Although Walter Mischel’s hot-cool framework may explain our ability to delay gratification, another theory known as willpower depletion has emerged to explain what happens after we’ve resisted temptation after temptation. Every day, in one form or another, you exert willpower. You resist the urge to surf the web instead of finishing your expense report. You reach for a salad when you’re craving a burger. You bite your tongue when you’d like to make a snide remark. Yet a growing body of research shows that resisting repeated temptations takes a mental toll. 10 Life Situations And The Playlists You Need To Survive Them There are certain songs we hear and immediately associate with a powerful memory, because music can transport us like few other things can, and can make getting through difficult times just that much easier. Music has the power to define our important life moments, and to improve them, which is why we’re writing this post in partnership with HP for their new x360 with Beats Audio — the best tool for listening to music, whether you’re at your desk or on the go. Here are ten life situations everyone goes through, and the music that can inspire you to thrive in them. Getting ready for a date I have a little tradition for getting ready for a date, no matter how casual it is.

Thinking on Your Feet - Communication Skills from Staying Cool and Confident Under Pressure © iStockphotoAlexSava "So, Susan, your report indicates you support forging ahead with the expansion, but have you considered the impact this will have on our customers? Surely you remember the fiasco in Dallas last year when they tried the same type of project?" Yikes! If you're Susan, you're likely feeling under pressure! People with Strong Self-Control Are Happier It’s easy to think of the highly self-disciplined as being miserable misers or uptight Puritans, but it turns out that exerting self-control can make you happier not only in the long run, but also in the moment. The research , which was published in the Journal of Personality , showed that self-control isn’t just about deprivation, but more about managing conflicting goals. Since most people associate highly disciplined folks with being more task-oriented — they’re not likely to be the life of the party, for example, or eager to act on a whim — the scientists decided to correlate self-control with people’s happiness, to determine if being self-disciplined leaves people feeling less joyful. The smartphone experiment also revealed how self-control may improve mood. Those who showed the greatest self-control reported more good moods and fewer bad ones.

Too Lazy to Skim? Get The Gist With These Top 3 Summarization Tools Ever looked at a long piece of writing and thought how convenient a quick summary would be? Felt too lazy to bother even skimming? Curious what the key points of your own writing are? I tested a number of different free online summarization tools so you don’t have to. Just pick your favourite and off you go, ready to be lazier more efficient than ever at the click of a button.

Hacking Mindfulness: Learning to Pay Attention to Your Own Attention, with Peter Baumann Transcript Peter Baumann: The most difficult we have today is our attention gets hijacked. There is so much happening in our lives that we pay attention to and quite frankly, you know, the little devices that we carry around don’t help very much because our attention gets totally absorbed into that attraction from these little devices. What is Willpower? It takes a certain amount of willpower to stick to your beliefs when others say you are wrong. Doing things, doing the wrong thing, can be just as bad as doing nothing. It takes willpower to do something in the face of adversity. It takes willpower to do nothing in the face of adversity. Is it willpower or stubbornness?

The dangerous dozen: gangs considered the greatest threat to the state prison system - Narco Confidential Texas prison system's dangerous dozen U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives aryan-brotherhood 5 Routines To Clear Mental Clutter That smartphone in your pocket? It’s nearly doubling the amount of time you spend working. A 2013 survey by the Center for Creative Leadership found that the typical smartphone-carrying professional interacts with work an average of 72 hours a week. No wonder we’re all so stressed out.