I read about this in “The Venus Factor.” We’ve all known about it for years. It’s just that most of us have never heard it named. At least, I never have. And like they say (well, GI Joe says,) “Knowing is half the battle.”
Ego depletion is a physiological phenomenon. It works like this: we all start our day with a full tank of will power, or emotional energy. It’s called “ego” by some experts.
As your day comes at you (kids, work, exercise, relationships, traffic, creeper boss), stress begins to chip away at this ego. IOW it drains the tank. As the tank drains, your fuel for resisting temptation becomes more and more depleted as the day goes on.
Knowing it’ll be harder to resist temptation at the end of a stressful day, we can compensate by stacking the day to have more temptations earlier and fewer temptations later.
For example, if you are new to working out, plan to do your workouts in the morning. There are a lot fewer reasons to skip your workout at 5 am then there will be at 5 pm.
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