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Willpower-Friendly Tips For Students And Adults

reading outdoors photoWillpower is strongest at the beginning of the day and when glucose levels in the bloodstream are adequate.
You can perform better and succeed in getting tasks accomplished if you plan accordingly:

  • Bring a snack to long exams such as the SAT.
  • Avoid making decisions before lunch or at the end of the day.
  • Plan your day ahead of time (that morning or the night before) and then follow your schedule. Don’t just float through the day “doing whatever you feel like doing,” because by the afternoon your choices won’t be as good.
  • Create a realistic schedule in which you get harder tasks done earlier in the day.
  • Eat balanced meals on a regular schedule, and get enough sleep. These practices will help you maintain more consistent glucose levels.
  • A glass of lemonade or a chocolate bar can provide a quick brain boost before a stressful meeting or during a big exam. (However, don’t get into the habit of consuming lots of sugar regularly).
  • Most family bickering happens later in the day when self-control and patience is tapped. Treat one another gently in the evening and save serious family discussions for the morning.

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Willpower-Friendly Tips For Students And Adults

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS

Leigh Pretnar Cousins, MS is an educator, counselor, writer and speaker. She's been a tutor, test prep coach and home school teacher for over thirty years. Click HERE to visit Leigh's website and to subscribe to her newsletter, "Learning Something New."

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Cousins, L. (2016). Willpower-Friendly Tips For Students And Adults. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 14, 2020, from


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