Willpower is a finite resource that needs to be used wisely. Think of it like a battery that is topped up overnight: beginning with a full charge in the morning and slowly discharged during the day.

That’s why it’s better to do your most important work at the beginning of the day, when your willpower is at it’s peak.

Remove distractions and interruptions, choose the most important thing from your to-do list, and apply your willpower to get your best work done. Leave the life maintenance stuff – as my wife likes to call it – until later in the day. Things like responding to emails, shopping for groceries, returning calls, etc.

Ensuring that you have a full charge of willpower at the start of day begins with how well you prepared yourself in the previous days.

  • Get enough sleep – most of us need at least 7 hours per night on average.
  • Eat well – our brain needs proper nutrition to function at its best.
  • Exercise – our bodies are designed to move, and if you do it regularly – once or twice per week even – it becomes more enjoyable.

Using hacks to get your best work done with the least possible effort is just smart. Utilising your willpower when it’s at its peak is one such hack. Creating habits is another, and learning how to prioritise is another.