Motivation vs Willpower.
Which is better in terms of getting things done? Do you just need one, or the other? Or do you need both?
The answer is, it depends.
When we have high motivation, it almost always means that we require little or no willpower at all to do what we have to do.
On the other hand, if we’re really low on motivation for a particular day, we’re going to need a whole lot more willpower to make up for the loss in motivation.
It’s simple enough for everyone to understand. It’s just that we don’t think about it very much. It really helps to be aware of this so that we can come up with a strategy to get things done even when our motivation levels are low.
It’s easy when our motivation levels are high because we won’t experience much resistance when we have to get things done, but what do you do when your motivation to get things done is really low?
Make the tasks you have to do a lot easier so that you don’t require so much willpower to get things done.
Do 2 pages of your homework instead of 20.
Read 1 page of a book instead of a whole chapter.
Wash 1 dirty dish instead of a whole stack of 10.
Note that the above is for when your motivation is really low and when you feel really lazy. Something is always better than nothing, even if the idea sounds absurd. You’ll be surprised how much you can get done even in a lazy, unmotivated state.