Willpower: the Motivation Battery

Lisa Crilley Mallis, Time Strategy Visionary, SystemSavvy Consulting, LLC

Are you “off your game” some days? Are you productive most of the time but have “down spells”?  Be honest – can you honestly say that most of the time you are on top of it?

For most of us, the amount of willpower (or, motivation) we have each day and throughout the day varies.

When you find yourself sliding back into “bad habits” (eating poorly, procrastinating, a LOT of social media, etc. ) it isn’t that you are undisciplined, it’s that your willpower is low.

Think of willpower as a battery.  The more you use it, the weaker it becomes.  But, once you charge the battery, you have more willpower again.

The key – keep your battery charged.

How can you charge your battery?  Write a list.  Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Baking
  • Reading
  • Laughing with friends
  • Coloring
  • Sleeping
  • Meditating
  • Exercising
  • Yoga
  • Being in nature
  • Taking a 5 minute break each hour
  • Drinking 8 ounces of water each hour
  • Stretching for 5 minutes each hour

Now schedule time (actually block the time off in your calendar) to do one of the activities you listed to recharge your battery and raise your willpower level.  Some of these activities can be lengthy, others can be quick.  Provide yourself a variety – then implement!

Then, evaluate your progress.  Do you find your willpower slipping at certain times of the day?  Do certain activities charge your battery longer than others?  Do certain activities drain your battery quicker than others?  The more awareness you have, the better equipped you are to excel in your day-to-day life.

By following these easy tips, you can stay more motivated, energetic and fulfilled each and every day. Get more done, and be happier doing it!

Lisa Crilley Mallis, time strategy visionary, combines her experience in education and coaching with her love of schedules, systems, and time management to create personalized and easy to implement solutions. Every person deserves the opportunity to live the life of their dreams feeling in control and bringing balance into their lives.  The crazy, “I’m so busy” feeling does not have to be way of life.   You can live a life where every day is productive, rewarding, and fun!

Lisa is also the author of Your Time. Your Life:  The Busy Woman’s Guide to Simplify Your Day, 30 Days to Success:  An A.W.E. Inspired Journal, and Ho Ho NO! Tips for an Organized and Stress-Free Holiday Season.

She lives in Chagrin Falls, Ohio with her husband Lou and his dog, Neuton. She loves chocolate, the beach, and country music.  Contact Lisa at Lisa@SystemSavvyConsulting.com