You can’t make positive choices for the rest of your life without an environment that makes those choices easy, natural, and enjoyable. – Deepak Chopra
People say, “Everything is achievable through willpower.” “Determination wins it all.” “Everything is in the mind.”
Yes, each one of them holds truth in them.
But why is it that every time I see my laptop, I am tempted to surf Facebook?
But why is it that every time I want to jog, I would slump on couch?
But why is it that every time I see the cookies, I would just eat it non-stop?
There are studies that our willpower is limited. Rechargeable, yes. But it would deplete over time (over the course of a day).
Instead of testing our willpower, why don’t we make things easier for us? It’s a matter of changing or re-arranging your surrounding.
Make your browser to forget your Facebook password. A little more hassle would deter you from surfing Facebook more frequently.
Put your jogging clothes in sight. Within reach.
Put the cookies on the top-most shelf. Hide it behind other healthier choices – like oatmeal.
Perhaps what you need is another person. Your accountable buddy. To stick with you, through thick and thin, to make sure that you get work done.
What are the things in your environment that you can change to support your work? To make it easier to be completed? To make it more natural for you to dwell in? To make it more enjoyable to work on?