Do you sometimes plan to scrapbook after the kids go to bed, but end up doing something else? In this post I’ll explain why that happens and what you can do to solve this challenge.
Getting started is a very common challenge for scrapbookers. A variety of factors often collide to create internal resistance and a barrier to taking that first step towards making something new.
One factor that often plays a role is a simple lack of willpower. However, this is not a personal flaw. Scientists believe that each of us have reserves of willpower that are depleted by each decision you make and each cookie you resist. Additionally, fatigue due to lack of sleep or lack of physical activity can prevent your reserves from being replenished.
This explains why it can be hard to get started scrapbooking at the end of a day, even if it’s something you really enjoy. It also creates an opportunity to better understand how everyday lifestyle decisions impact your motivation to scrapbook.
How to Cope with Willpower Depletion
It has been well-documented that Barack Obama has a very limited wardrobe of suits to reduce the number of decisions he must make before starting the day. Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have used this approach as well, a fantastic example of simplicity contributing to productivity.
While you don’t need to wear a black turtleneck every day, there are small actions you can take to better manage your willpower reserve for the activities you enjoy.
1. Create Routines – When you develop patterns in your everyday life, actions become automatic and require less energy to complete. In short, routines help you reserve energy for the fun stuff.
2. Focus on One Thing – Juggling more than one thing at a time is exhausting for your brain. Learning to focus can help you stay more motivated to scrapbook.
3. Get Enough Sleep – Sometimes it’s counterintuitive to think that more sleep will help you get more done, but high-achievers know that sleep is a true secret weapon.
Do you ever lack the motivation to scrapbook at night? I’d love if you left a comment if you think this knowledge might help you create more.
And if you’re someone who loves scrapbooking at night (and it comes easily), I’d love to know if you can pinpoint an element of simplicity in your day that contributes to energy maintenance.