To improve your life, you must first identify the areas that need change the most. It’s important to prioritize because we all have a limited amount of willpower. The area of your brain that governs self-control is also in charge of day-to-day tasks, short-term memory, and staying focused—so it’s easy to imagine how that little area can get overworked and begin to shut down. As you take on new tasks, do one thing at a time. Don’t resolve to lose weight, land a new job, and improve your dating life all at the same time. Pick the one that’s in most dire need of attention and start there.
Researchers from Macquarie University in Australia found that taking a step-by-step approach helps ease the pressure on your brain when trying to solve multiple problems, and prevents shutdown (and ultimately failure). The less fatigue your brain has, the more willpower you’ll have saved to devote yourself to completing your tasks, one by one.
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