Guest Post – How to Overcome Ego Depletion

Strategically use your willpower to be more productive and reduce stress.

Each day, you likely have a long list of responsibilities and roles you’re supposed to meet. When what’s expected of you becomes too much, it’s not uncommon to experience stress and burnout. Both of these are actually forms of ego depletion.

Your ego refers to the part of your brain that makes smart decisions. It mediates between your impulses and what you know you should be doing. Your ego is the part of your mind ensuring you don’t click over to social media when you’re craving a distraction from work. However many people believe that it is possible for you to over-use self-control, thus resulting in ego depletion.

There are many causes of ego depletion. Working too long on a particular task can lead to a form of ego depletion known as directed attention fatigue. Making too many tough decisions in a day can lead to decision fatigue. Finally, prolonged stress can also lead to burnout and ego depletion. Essentially, anytime you need to use your self-control to focus or do something you’d prefer not to do, you deplete your willpower.

However, we can’t simply avoid our responsibilities in order to avoid ego depletion. Instead, there are a number of strategies you can employ to make your willpower go further, and your stressful tasks less stressful. Keep reading this helpful infographic by Turbo for tips:

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Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to take action and overcome their self-imposed barriers to success using clever yet simple tools and techniques.

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