Topics: Freedom.to, Optimism Bias, Physiology of Willpower, Goal Commitment, LinkedIn, Future Proof Your Brain
BY HENDRIK MUSEKAMP
Photo by Christopher Sardegna
Hi all! It’s Friday. Hence, here is your weekly dose of hmx-weekly, a list of what I’m enjoying, pondering, or working on. Enjoy.
If you need to get some deep work done, this might be for you. Freedom.to is an app, that allows you to schedule temptation free time at your computer (mobile, and tablet). You wont run into the black hole of the facebooks, since you can decide to block such distractions ahead of time. Saying that freedom doesn’t block the facebook app on your mobile. It can’t. Facebook is a bastard, and my “lesser self” finds every loophole to get to him. Deinstall.
THE OPTIMISM BIAS
“Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side — and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.”
WILLPOWER WITHOUT GLUCOSE
I stumled upon one article, that might change common belief about how our willpower gets it’s energy. In fact glucose is not necessary. In a set of studies Veronika Jobs and collegues found, that glucose does not lead to improved self-control, if people believed willpower was a “unlimited resource”:
“We suggest that the belief that willpower is limited sensitizes people to cues about their available resources including physiological cues, making them dependent on glucose boosts for high self-control performance.”
Hence, dextrose at the start of an exam, or the sugary drink against the energy low might be overrated. The question however might be in how far there are other physiological processes, that might interfere.
HOW TO COMMIT TO A GOAL
This is an article on mental contrasting – a technique contrasting “positive thinking” about a goal and reality checks to assure coal commitment. By keeping the upside in mind, AND examining the obstacles you’re forced to decide whether a wish is achievable or not. Nerds might want to look at the original article by Gabriele Oettingen and Peter Gollwitzer.
ARTICLES I ENJOYED
- This Is What Recruiter Look For On Your Linkedin Profile
- This Is How You Future Proof Your Brain Against Increasing Distractions
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