Lazy by day's end? Here's the study why!
Hum, last week I wrote about procrastination and today about laziness!? I'm sensing a theme here, I swear I am not making excuses for anything or anybody. ;)
I'll make this short, because I don't want to procrastinate on other work I have to do this long weekend. :)
It's not so much laziness I want to address as much as willpower. You see, about 2 years ago, I came upon a health's product blog that presented a study that had been done about the theory of willpower depletion.
This particular research (similar ones have been made since/before) was quite simple, yet revealing, here goes:
2 Groups of young children were studied. Group 1 spent the day at the theme park (yeah!) and Group 2 spent the day studying their least favorite subject in school (boo!).
After the activities were done, both groups were asked to wait in separate study rooms, but where both had a jar of freshly baked cookies. The instructions were simple: ''Wait for us here, but DON'T open the jar and eat the cookies''.
The people conducting this study were watching from behind the tinted glass and witnessed the following:
-Group 1, who had a wonderful day, were seated quietly and did not touch or taste the cookies.
-Group 2, who had a horrible day, had a few agitated participants. It took one kid that had the guts to open the jar and then all hell broke loose and the cookies were all eaten.
Why? Well, although it has also been proven that we all have different levels of willpower, it now was also clear that willpower can deplete depending on a subject's daily activities or occurrences.
This little ''story'' of a study left it's mark on me. At that time, I was less than happy with my job (the owner :0) and so was my colleague. Both of us had noticed radical changes in our behavior. We found it hard to be motivated, to stick to plans we made (even fun ones!), we had a hard time with daily chores, etc...At the end of the work day, we just wanted to unwind and treat ourselves to something that made us happy (respectively, wine and desert!).
No surprises there! We had to use so much of our willpower ''storage'' during the day at work, dealing with less than easy customers and don't get me started on the owner. There was nothing left for our personal daily lives. We had become the crazy kids in group 2 fighting for the cookies, lol! We've all had this story.
I believe that, although not the reason for our entrepreneurship, it is a motivator to know that we are building work/working environment that we actually enjoy, no matter the hours and where willpower is actually used positively to push us forward.
We have the WILL and the POWER!
Important update: We both don't work at this job anymore! My friend's position was abolished 1 year ago and I quit in late August of 2013. We are now working on our own offline business project we had been unknowingly planning all along. Hahahaha (evil laugh ;p)