Frank Martela (Finnish Happiness)

  1. Mind your blood sugar
  2. Invest in effective resting
  3. Train your mind by tackling challenges of appropriate size
  4. Do or do not, there is no try
  5. Forgive yourself to learn from your mistakes
  6. Don’t fight-or-flee, instead pause-and-plan
  7. You get what you measure
  8. Small steps, big rewards
  9. Decide on clear limits
  10. Use the 20-Second Rule
  11. Equip your willpower with the latest technological weapons
  12. A shared goal is a stronger goal

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    Willpower: The Owner’s Manual: 12 Tools for Doing the Right Thing

    by Frank Martela

     

     

     



     

     

     

     

     

     

    1. Mind your blood sugar. Eat well and rest enough. Your ability to stay focused and your self-control depends on your blood sugar.
       

    2. Invest in effective resting. Usually, it’s not the time that has to be managed, but your energy. 15 minutes of rest equal a large productivity investment.
       

    3. Train your mind by tackling challenges of appropriate size. The key to surpassing overwhelming challenges is to concentrate on one single task at a time.
       

    4. Do or do not, there is no try. Stay focused by clearly organizing your tasks: do not decide only what to do, but also when, and how. Precise scheduling is the key to getting things done.
       

    5. Forgive yourself to learn from your mistakes. The act of blaming oneself shifts the focus away from the essential. You have to identify the causes that have led to the problem and learn how to avoid them in the future.
       

    6. Don’t fight-or-flee, instead pause-and-plan. Willpower decreases when you undergo anger and stress. To be once again in control of yourself, you have to calm yourself down.
       

    7. You get what you measure. Motivation increases by measuring the necessary steps for achieving a target. Progress is more tangible when it comes to measurement.
       

    8. Small steps, big rewards. Often enough, distant goals overwhelm by complexity. They have to be sliced into appropriate pieces in order to be accomplished.
       

    9. Decide on clear limits. Plan precise targets in advance in order to have a clear and complete perspective on your work.
       

    10. Use the 20-Second Rule. In an ideal work environment, the good things have to be easy at hand, while the bad ones require effort. With a 20-second limit established between you and temptation, your self-control improves.
       

    11. Equip your willpower with the latest technological weapons. You may use gadgets such as your smartphone, computer, or tablet in order to set your willpower in motion.
       

    12. A shared goal is a stronger goal. This may be the most important step because humans were designed to work together. Similar people, with the same goal, will always fight stronger to achieve that particular goal.
       

     

     

     

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