The headline over at thenextweb.com is “The Secret To Insane Productivity? Will Power” but the truth is the secret to great productivity is to rely less and less on your conscious will power and more and more on unconscious habits.
The article gets this right, but whoever wrote the headline didn’t understand how misleading it was, I’d say.
The article gets “ego depletion” and “decision fatigue” right.
Participants that were asked to simply remember a two-digit number tended to choose healthy snacks (fruit), while those asked to remember a seven digit number more often chose unhealthy snacks (chocolate cake). The strain of a difficult mental task actually lowered their will power.
And then habits and routine is recommended over exercise of will power:
There is a high correlation between productivity and routine – something that makes perfect sense when you consider how a routine removes constant decision-making from your life.
That’s what I said!