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The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It
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Introduction to the book looks promising. I've shortlisted a few books to look at.
I would suggest the book "The Willpower Instinct" by Kelly Mcgonigal: http://www.amzn.com/dp/1583334386.
You can also look a great talk she did at Google: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5BXuZL1HAg
In brief: sleep, exercice, healthy food and meditation will boost your willpower.
Edit: fixed Youtube link.
Understanding ego depletion and willpower are incredibly important skills for any knowledge worker. A book like http://www.amazon.com/The-Willpower-Instinct-Self-Control-Ma... will help a programmer perform better work than a book on compilers.
⬐ bhrgunathaThat book and The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle have both left a tremendous impact on me. I think partly because both eschew the mumbo-jumbo, hand wavy, pseudo-science approach, they're both easy to read for the layman and most importantly include lots of high-level summary and explanation about the research that supports the books.⬐ emini_guy⬐ lpolovetsI agree, that's a good book.I read the book a few months ago and thought it was excellent. If anyone is interested, I took extensive notes (warning, they kind of spoil reading the book, which I think is very much worth reading): http://leopolovets.com/blog/2011/10/23/book-notes-on-willpow...⬐ taroth>The best way to reduce stress is to stop screwing up and setting up your life to increase your chances of success. Successful people don’t use willpower as a last-ditch defense, they use it to set up good habits and avoid problem situations.
To idiomize this great point: Willpower is a hammer, not a shield.⬐ lpolovets⬐ rrmmThat's a very good analogy.good set of notes, thanks.⬐ emini_guyUseful notes, thanks.⬐ andyjsong> Zeigarnik effect: uncompleted tasks and unmet goals tend to pop into one’s mind. Once the task is completed and the goal is reached, however, this stream of reminders comes to a stop. For example, if you listen to a song, your mind moves on; if you listen to a song that’s abruptly cut off in the middle, your mind will continue inserting bits and pieces of the song into your stream of thoughts, reminding you that you’re not “done” listening.
Interesting, I wonder if this is the same as when you have a song stuck (looping) in your head. I've been told that listening to the whole song will make it unstuck.⬐ emini_guyDid not know that it was named after someone. A very familiar effect that most have probably encountered in one way or another.⬐ StavrosKMy observations confirm both of these assertions. Leaving a song (I was semi-actively listening to) unfinished will make it stuck in my head, finishing it will remove it.