Wednesday, April 2, 2008
From the New York Times, Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Op-Ed Contributors: SANDRA AAMODT and SAM WANG,
Tighten Your Belt, Strengthen Your Mind
"On the other hand, if you need to study for a big exam, it might be
smart to let the housecleaning slide to conserve your willpower for the
more important job. Similarly, it can be counterproductive to work
toward multiple goals at the same time if your willpower cannot cover
all the efforts that are required. Concentrating your effort on one or
at most a few goals at a time increases the odds of success.
Focusing on success is important because willpower can grow in the long term. Like a muscle, willpower seems to become stronger with use."
(Rebecca Flanagan--I apologize--I keep forgetting to add my name!)