There’s a prominent theory in psychology called ego depletion. The basic idea is that you have a limited amount of willpower. It’s kind of like having a tank of gas. Over the day you slowly burn through it all until you binge eat ice cream or spend hours aimlessly watching Netflix.
The only problem? It’s a myth. One that a lot of productivity science is built one. A myth I believed until yesterday.
When the foundation collapses what do you do? I felt a weight lifted. I’d been using ego depletion as an excuse, a way to hide from doing the work.
It got me thinking. Maybe we should seek out the sinkhole.